For more than 50 years Mamma Lena and Dino provided
assistance and compassion for Italians migrating to Australia. Their
tireless work ranged from all aspects of social and financial
assistance to fund raising in times of natural calamities. Firstly
through Mamma Lena’s newspaper columns in “La Fiamma” and then through
their weeknight radio programs spanning from 1957 to 1985 on 2CH, 2KY
and 2SERFM, Mamma Lena and Dino kept the Italian community in
Australia informed of current news, social and entertainment events
from Australia and Italy. As a brilliant producer of radio programmes
and organizer of events, Dino galvanized the Italian community to a
level of involvement not seen since those memorable years.
For her work Mamma Lena was awarded an MBE by the Australian
Government and The Cross of Cavaliere and then the Title of
Commandatore by the Italian Government. Dino was honoured with the
Cross of Cavaliere.