When a group of Italian school children found out that one of their nation’s most beautiful islands was at risk of being sold to a foreign businessman, they decided to take matters into their own hands and launch a campaign to buy it themselves.
Budelli island, part of the Maddalena archipelago between Sardinia and Corsica, was first put up for sale in 2013 after its owner went bankrupt. Michael Harte, a banker from New Zealand, paid €3 million for it and planned to turn it into a nature reserve, but local politicians objected to the sale, saying the island should be brought back under Italian state control. After reading the story in a newspaper, a group of school kids launched a campaign to make it into the ‘Isola dei Ragazzi’, or ‘Isle of Kids’. They worked out that if every Italian child donated just €0.50, together they’d have enough to buy the island themselves.
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