Washington, April 1, 2020. Italy and the United States are facing an unprecedented challenge. Italy was one of the first countries hit by the coronavirus outbreak and has been severely affected. Italians have responded with courage, from doctors and nurses on the front line to law enforcement officers, from the many volunteers to businesses, to all the citizens who every day make great sacrifices.
In light of this difficult moment, the Embassy of Italy and ISSNAF have launched the #ItalyStayStrong fund raising campaign through GoFundMe to assist Italy and its people. The funds will be devolved to three Italian medical and research institutes that have been at the forefront of the outbreak and continue to relentlessly fight the pandemic:
– the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome,
– the Luigi Sacco Hospital in Milan,
– the Cotugno Hospital in Naples.
Throughout the emergency, the United States—the Administration, the private sector, no-profit organizations and our American friends—have shown closeness, unity and provided support to Italy and the Italian people.
“We are grateful to the United States and to all American citizens who in these dramatic hours have decided to show their solidarity towards Italy. A gesture of friendship that will remain impressed in our memory, a testament to the strength of the bond that unites our democracies” said Ambassador Varricchio. “We are pleased to partner with ISSNAF, which works daily to support the Italian research community in the US and to create synergies with their American counterparts.”
“As members of the Italian community, our thoughts of encouragement and solidarity are with everyone who is struggling with the outbreak of covid-19 in Italy, as well as in the US. Now more than ever our network can play a critical role in broadcasting this call and supporting it generously.” says Cinzia Zuffada, ISSNAF President.
To make your donation please visit the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fundraising-to-benefit-italian-hospitals