Everyone living in Italy is affected by the quarantine we are all living through. In times such as these the best way to be is proactive, while strictly observing the laws in force: stay at home.
Here are a number of fundraisers to help Italy during the Covid-19 emergency.
Donate to Italy’s Civil Protection Department
Italy’s Civil Protection Department is coordinating the nation’s response to the Covid-19 emergency. Donations can be made by bank transfer both from Italy and abroad using the following bank details: Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Spa, Via del Corso, 226, Rome; IBAN: EN84 Z030 6905 0201 0000 0066 387; BIC: BCITITMM. For more details, click here.
Donate to Red Cross Italy
See www.crifirenze.it to help
Giving whatever you can to those on the frontline is one way to help fight this virus so that we can resume our normal routines as soon as possible. The Italian Red Cross have been active since the very start of the Covid-19 alert and their resilience needs the support and backing of us all. The local branch, the Italian Red Cross-Florence Committee are also in urgent need of masks, protective gear and personnel for rescue and transport of the infirm. They are also working tirelessly to implement the CRI for you service, which delivers food and medicines for elderly and immunosuppressed people. To donate, click here. Want to volunteer? Sign up for the distance volunteer learning course.
#SostieniUnInfermiere: Support a nurse
700 nurses are set to arrive in Florence from all over Italy to assist in the Covid-19 emergency. A crowdfunding campaign aims to provide financial assistance to the 700 nurses recruited to respond to the growing number of patients in Tuscany. The initiative was launched by the Claudio Ciai Foundation, under the patronage of the City of Florence and Fondazione CR Firenze, which will double the amount raised once the target of 20,000 euro has been reached. This gesture of support for those on the frontline is the best way to ensure there is help on hand for those who need it. The campaign page can be found here. Spread the message using the hashtag #SostieniUnInfermiere.
Crowdfunding for the hospitals of the AUSL Toscano Centro
This crowdfunding supports the hospitals of the AUSL Toscana Coronavirus Emergency Centre. “Il Cuore di Firenze” is a partnership between the four great historical institutions of Florentine charity (Santa Maria Nuova non-profit foundation, Istituto degli Innocenti, Misericordia di Firenze and Montedomini), which are running this campaign to provide essential medical equipment for the hospitals of the AUSL Toscana Centro. Contribute here.
Associazione Tumori Toscana
In this time when efforts are multiplied in order to deal with the Covid-19 emergency, cancer patients are at high risk. In order to give increased assistance, a reinforcement nurse is needed for three months as well as five new beds. The cost of the nurse is 2,500 euro a month, while the beds are 500 euro each. With the usual fundraising events now cancelled, please consider donating on their website.
Gli Amici del Pronto Soccorso – Careggi Hospital in Florence
Funds raised go to providing respirators for Careggi hospital
Consider giving a donation to the non-profit organization Gli Amici del Pronto Soccorso, represented by prof. Stefano Gridoni, head of the Emergency Department of the Careggi Hospital in Florence. The doctors and nurses working day and night to save lives need respirators in order to be able to do so. Funds raised will go towards funding a larger number of respirators as well as ultrasound systems.
Donate to Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital
Donate to centre of outbreak in Lombardy
At the heart of the outbreak in Lombardy, resources are more stretched than anywhere else. Health workers work fervently and endlessly to assist those in most need. Chiara Ferragni and Fedez have launched a Go Fund Me campaign to raise much-needed funds for Milan’s main hospital, and specifically the intensive care unit to provide the equipment necessary for the intensive and sub-intensive care beds.
Support the Veneto Region with Ruffino Wines
Ruffino Wines are running a Go Fund Me campaign to raise a million euros for the Veneto Region, one of the areas worst affected by Covid-19. The beverage company, Tuscan-based and American-owned, will match every euro donated. Donate here.
Support local artisans
The artisan industry depends on Italy lovers to make a living. Florence’s artistic and creative heritage is its heart and soul, and we can’t afford to lose it. The Creative People in Florence group inspires with the support that is being rallied amongst creatives and supporters. Give to small creative businesses by purchasing their creations, following their Instagram and Facebook pages, sharing their content, and reaching out to find out how to order their designs directly. You could also make a donation to the Creative People in Florence association by becoming a patron on their newly created Patreon page or by using the PayPal info detailed here.
Support The Florentine
At this time of uncertainty as Covid-19 lays siege to Italy’s health, culture and economy, The Florentine needs your help to continue our mission as an international community magazine. Since 2005 we’ve produced the publication for free – monthly as a print mag distributed around the city and by post, and online as soon as news happens. Right now, we are switching our focus to the digital, to keep our community strong, optimistic and informed. We are working with the international community and local and regional institutions to prepare for a brighter, vibrant future as soon as the current health emergency has subsided. We’re asking Florence lovers, here in Italy, in the US and further afield, to pledge what you can to guarantee coverage in the short- and mid-term.