While Rome was unaffected by Wednesday’s earthquake, the 6.2-magnitude terremoto destroyed several villages and killed over 200 people. In typical Italian style, local towns immediately banded together and families invited victims into their homes, and the Italian government and nonprofit organizations have been working tirelessly in recovery efforts. Whether you are a JCU student, a member of the Roman community, or living overseas but wish to help out, here are several ways to assist as Italy recovers from this devastating natural disaster:
- Donate blood. JCU students can contact our Community Service team to learn more about donating blood at EMATOS FIDAS, the Italian Blood Donors Associations Federation, which is located inside the Fatebenefratelli Hospital just steps from our Tiber Campus. Contact [email protected] for more information.
- If you are in Italy or have an Italian bank account, you can make a bank transfer to the Italian Red Cross:
Croce Rossa Italiana
Causale: Sisma Centro Italia
Codice BIC: CRPPIT2P086
- If you are not Italy, several disaster relief funds are accepting donations. These include:
- Order Pasta all’Amatriciana at a participating restaurant. This famous pasta dish originates from Amatrice, one of the towns devastated by the earthquake, and restaurants across Italy and many Italian restaurants around the world have agreed to donate €2 for every plate ordered.
Learn more about helping earthquake victims by contacting [email protected].