The organisation’s next networking event will take place on Sunday, May 2, providing an opportunity for participants to meet and mingle over a mutual passion for Italy.

President Christian Bracci said the aim of the association is to offer support to young Italians in Australia.

The event will take place at 10:30 am near Le Montage, in Lilyfield, and participants will take a walk along the bayside path, before stopping for a coffee and further conversation.

“This informal event aims to allow people to get to know each other better, beyond work and formalities,” Bracci said.

But there is a dress code: participants must wear a white t-shirt.

This will make the group more easily recognisable, particularly to those attending a meeting for the first time who don’t know anyone.

The GIA was born out of the radio marathon organised by the Father Atanasio Gonelli Foundation and Rete Italia in 2020.

The marathon raised over $100,000 for young Italians living in Australia on a temporary visa, who were left stranded and jobless due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sunday’s event will kick off the association’s 2021 social calendar.