The Maruzza Lefebvre D’Ovidio Foundation is an independent, family run charity, established by Antonio and Eugenia Lefebvre D’Ovidio following the loss of Maruzza, their eldest daughter, in 1989.
Antonio and Eugenia passionately took up the vocation to aid people suffering the same fate as their daughter. Her vision became their deepest desire — to provide assistance and care for incurable patients, with consideration and respect for their moral principles, dignity and quality of life — bringing light to Maruzza’s dream.
Silversea is proud to support the dedicated efforts of this non-profit organisation and to honour the memory of Maruzza, the beloved sister of Silversea’s Deputy Chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio.
From Cure to Care: A
Mission of Love
leadership of Elvira Silvia Lefebvre D’Ovidio, Maruzza’s sister, the Foundation
works together with local government organisations assembling specialised
networks to promote excellence and equity in the provision of palliative care
and support for persons affected by life-threatening or life-limiting
conditions and their families, regardless of age, cultural, social and economic
major part of its energy and resources is dedicated to the diffusion of
palliative care for children, babies and adolescents affected by incurable
illness. For these young patients in particular, it is essential that they
spend their days in familiar surroundings where all their physical, emotional,
social and spiritual needs can be properly addressed, able to live their lives
free from unnecessary pain and suffering.
One For Life
Silversea and the Maruzza Foundation have established “One
For Life”, a fundraising project that promotes awareness of this important
cause and allows Silversea guests to become actively involved in the Maruzza
Foundation’s activities. Donations fund research and educational programmes
such as the “Children Project” – an initiative that provides seriously ill
children and their families a full scope of quality palliative and hospice care
services that would otherwise be unavailable.
For more information or to make a private donation, please visit www.maruzza.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“On behalf of the Maruzza Foundation and the entire Lefebvre D’Ovidio family, I wish to express my most sincere gratitude for the
opportunity to share with you Maruzza’s enthusiasm for solidarity. Her vision and her voice inspired my family to fulfil her dream. We trust that with the help and support of those who believe and participate in our mission, we can improve the lives of many seriously ill individuals and their families.”
– Silvia Lefebvre D’Ovidio
Chairman, Maruzza Lefebvre D’Ovidio Foundation