Distant but united in solidarity

Published on Thursday, 23 July 2020

For people with disabilities, the Covid-19 emergency and the resulting lockdown has had a very high cost, both in terms of their health and their social wellbeing. For this reason, the Federazione Italiana per il Superamento dell’Handicap (The Italian Federation for Overcoming Handicaps) is committed to ensuring that its beneficiaries can continue their medical treatment and rehabilitation programmes, in addition to offering personal and family-based psychological support and assistance linked to daily life, from help studying to doing the shopping. “Italy is experiencing a rebirth and this will be possible also thanks to support from Enel and Enel Cuore,” explains Vincenzo Falabella, president of F.I.S.H. “This gives us great hope for the actions that we will put in place to support those who today, unfortunately, experience disability and above all the economic burden that this pandemic has placed on us all”.

The donation to the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus (Food Bank Foundation) will be used to upgrade the distribution network for food banks, especially in central and southern Italy, with the hiring of new staff, the acquisition of temporary storage spaces, the purchase of personal protective equipment and fuel for the vehicles that transport the food, as well as scheduled and extraordinary cleaning. “This fundraising initiative has been absolutely fundamental in maintaining the support provided to around 8000 charities that now help more than 2 million people across Italy”, explains Giovanni Bruno, president of the Foundation.

The Group’s fundraiser also contributed to #NoiConGliInfermieri (We are with the nurses), the fund set up by the National Federation of Professional Nurses (FNOPI). “The Federation represents 450,000 nurses in Italy and 180,000 of these are currently engaged in activities relating to the virus. More than 10,000 nurses have contracted the virus so far and unfortunately 40 of them have died”, explains Lorio Rizzo, head of fundraising at FNOPI. The fund is intended in particular to provide physical and psychological support for nurses who have fallen ill while carrying out their work, financial and psychological support for those forced to self-isolate after having contracted the virus, and finally financial and social support for the families of nurses that have died as a result of Covid-19.

This initiative has shown that, even though we need to stay physically distant from one another, it is still possible to stand together in solidarity. Our experience is proof of just that.