Les Amis du Musée Océanographique de Monaco make largest donation in the association’s history

Friends of the Oceanographic Museum

The Friends of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, known in French as the Association des Amis du Musée Océanographique de Monaco (AAMOM), have presented a record-breaking cheque of €351,414 to the museum. The funds will go towards the institution’s educational, cultural and environmental missions. 

On Tuesday 26th March, at a ceremony attended by members of the philanthropic association as well as Robert Calcagno, the General Director of the Oceanographic Institute, AAMOM’s Board of Directors gifted the museum with their landmark donation.

“I wish to express my warm thanks to the AAMOM for this generous gesture, which once again demonstrates its commitment and involvement in favor of the actions carried out by the Oceanographic Institute for disadvantaged youth, the transmission of its heritage and the health of the fish in the aquarium,” said a clearly touched Calcagno.

Three key projects

The funds have already been allocated to three key projects that will enhance the museum’s educational, cultural and environmental objectives. These include initiatives to improve the microbial quality of aquarium water, the development of dressings for fish and shark wounds, and the restoration of 1,200 precious yet sadly damaged books.

The donation will also boost the ‘Ocean for All’ programme, which provides support, activities and museum visits to children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Leila Eling, President of AAMOM, emphasised the bond that unites the members of the association, saying, “What ties the Friends of the Museum together is, above all, our love for the ocean. We are ever more numerous, coming from all walks of life, and we are delighted to support the museum’s universal ocean protection policy, its public awareness efforts, conservation [projects] and heritage preservation.”

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