39th “Su e Zo per i Ponti” of Venice… walk of solidarity
… a unique event
Su e Zo (“Up and Down the Bridges” walk) is a spring event that involves thousands of people in a walk for solidarity around Venice alleys: young and not-so-young people, families, school groups, sport teams, all together in a day devoted to meeting, friendship and solidarity.
Every year different itineraries twist and turn through the less known areas of the city on the water, also touching its most famous landmarks. A day of sustainable tourism, respecting the city we are in, its art, its history, its real soul and its essence.
…the catch phrase: «With open arms!»
A simple and direct gesture of welcome to all participants, so that they feel personally involved in this event.
When opening the Jubilee of Mercy, which was proclaimed this year, Pope Francis stated: “The Father is waiting for you with open arms to give you His forgiveness and welcome you in His house”. Similarly, following His example, we also show ourselves open and welcoming to others, taking the opportunity of this solidarity walk to try and support those who are less fortunate.
Any earnings coming from the “Up and Down the Bridges” walk have always been offered to groups working in the educational or social fields, especially the Salesian missions around the world.
This year they will be given to the Salesian community in Damask, in Syria.
The “Up and Down the Bridges” walk is a real day of celebration: several folk groups put on their performance either in Saint Mark’s square or in the smaller open spaces along the itinerary, creating a jubilation of colours and sounds that leave happy memories in everyone.