Port Pirie was once again privileged to witness another beautiful Blessing of the Fleet last week, in order to celebrate the Italian community.
The event was another hit with the Port Pirie community, with a crowd of almost 500 people. This year Port Pirie was also fortunate to have the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, attending for part of the festival.
The festivities were also attended by Bishop of the Port Pirie Diocese Greg O’Kelly, Mayor John Rohde and Member for Frome Geoff Brock.
Dino, president of 35 years, says that the festival has the ability to bring the Port Pirie community closer and plays a significant role in the community.
He also says that the event wouldn't have been possible without the help of the city leaders and the church leaders.
“The Blessing of the Fleet brings everyone together, it unifies the community, it’s a public demonstration of their faith and their religion,” Dino says.
“The Port Pirie community, for whatever reason, is some how blessed by support from the city leaders and also from the church leaders.”
The Port Pirie community, for whatever reason, is some how blessed by support from the city leaders and also from the church leaders.Dino Gadaleta
Dino was also honored to receive an award for 50 years worth of unbroken service and he is now one of two people to have ever received this award.
He is proud to say he is implementing his faith into the community and is bringing it out into the open.
“I can honestly say now, we’re bringing our faith out into the open,” Dino says.
“It’s just a wonderful opportunity for Port Pirie to have this.”
“We think that the Blessing of the Fleet is trying to give back to the community.”
Dino expressed how glad he is for the grass area on the esplanade because it gives them the opportunity to be closer to the water.
“Its great because she’s a lady of the sea, we wanted to be as close to the river as possible,” Dino says.