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Charity born out of search for dad.

AN INCREDIBLE journey of self-discovery has led a Warwickshire woman to found a charity for Argentinian children.

Three years ago, Ros Grant embarked on a mission to find her long-lost Italian father.

The 60-year-old, from Banbury Road, Kineton, had not seen her father since he left the UK for Naples when she was just three months old.

He had been a prisoner of war in England for four years during the Second World War, but lost contact when he returned to Italy.

Ros eventually appeared on an Italian TV programme, Che Lo Viste - Where Are They Now? - and appealed for help to find her family.

Months later, she received an e-mail from Chicago with the devastating news that her father had died in 1993. But it also revealed that her dad had started a new life in Argentina, where he had brought up three girls and two boys.

Ros, who has three daughters and two granddaughters, said: "It was amazing to find out all my family were alive and well without me ever knowing about them."

After being shocked by the poverty and shanty towns in Argentina, Ros set up Compassion Direct UK and is organising a fund-raising six-mile Stroll for Street Children, from Kineton, on June 25 - details on. 01926 640085 or at www.


D34055_5 MOVED TO HELP... Ros Grant, who has set up a charity to help Argentinian children after her search for her father (right) led her to Argentina.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 19, 2006
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