I believe we are brought into this world to make a difference where we are able and make things better wherever we can. This is a shared planet. We must have respect for the people in it – those in our immediate circle of family and friends – and those who are part of the wider family, our global community. I am extremely proud to be a part of some incredible organisations that are dedicated to making lives better.Dr Maurizio Bragagni.
Dr Maurizio Bragagni sits at the head of a global business; it’s a position that offers a constant reminder that we are all international citizens. He works closely with several good causes and, last year, launched a new charity, Esharelife, dedicated to charitable fundraising by connecting artists with buyers. The Esharelife website is an online gallery that takes a percentage of art sales to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
“Respect for others is human nature, it’s in our DNA I’m pleased to say that, for most people, helping others comes naturally.”
The development of Esharelife is the result of a lifelong love of art and that natural desire to help people. As an entrepreneur and innovator, it’s not surprising that the new charity harnesses technology to provide a series of elegant solutions for the benefit of all stakeholders. Artists can get their work in front of buyers, buyers can access original works, and each transaction benefits Esharelife’s causes.
Another charity close to his heart is the Duke of York’s Community Initiative. The organisation is dedicated to making a real difference in people’s lives by the community working together, identifying its own needs, and deciding for itself how best to tackle its issues and challenges.
The Community Initiative is a great success story throughout the whole of Yorkshire, with more than 200 first-class community schemes having received the Duke of York’s Award.
These inspiring, award-winning people are encouraged informally to act as mentors and to offer examples of best practices to other communities. Award benefits include Royal recognition of excellence and permission to use the royal logo, which enhances fundraising credibility; Another benefit is business management support through workshops, mentoring and networking, and some funding, which is familiar territory for the Tratos CEO.
As a young man, Dr Bragagni began what was to be a lasting relationship with aid organisations. At just 18, he volunteered for the first time at a local food bank. He’s done it every year since.
He is also a keen supporter of the UK’s leading mental health charity for veterans, Combat Stress. For almost a century, Combat Stress has helped former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Today, the charity provides support to veterans from every service and every conflict.
The charity is focused on the ‘invisible injuries’ sustained in conflict, injuries that can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So when a veteran is having a tough time, the charity is there to help tackle the past and to help them take on the future.