03 July 2020
Throughout May, Infineum colleagues demonstrated their compassion and generosity by donating $690,000 to a wide range of charities around the world.
Covid-19 has caused extraordinary global disruption, with the charitable sector hit especially hard. Many charities are having to deliver additional services, to the most vulnerable in society, with fewer volunteers and staff members, at a time when traditional fundraising activities are simply not an option. This series of articles highlights how Infineum colleagues support their local communities and make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.
Our colleagues in Italy have been working within Covid-19 extreme measures for a few months now, but they have been thinking about more than just themselves.
In March, they launched a fundraising campaign which enabled colleagues based in Vado to donate an hour of their salaries to charity to support local hospitals.
Federica Modugno, HR Manager, said:
Colleagues responded so positively to the request to help fight this extraordinary emergency that, in less than a week, there were several thousand euros in the fund.
And they didn't stop there.
Enrico Bertossi, Site Manager, added:
Medical staff have been under extreme pressure; they are devoted to their patients and to providing an incredible service in extreme conditions, but there is a lack of equipment to support them.
We are proud to say that we have been able to donate a portable pulmonary ventilator to each of the three hospitals in our area. Several colleagues have been involved in this project because, as you can imagine, it is almost impossible to find this type of equipment.
Many colleagues got involved. Team Assistants, Procurement and Finance colleagues, together with specialist support from the site medical doctor and nurse, all played a part in successfully supplying the new equipment.
Head of Intensive Care, Doctor Brunetto, pictured right with the medical equipment, was incredibly moved by the donation.
Team Assistant Giulia Scogna explained that they also wanted to buy some oxygen masks but discovered it was better to provide money directly to the hospital, because they had priority over private companies.
So, we agreed with the medical staff that the remaining sum was better donated directly to the Intensive Care Unit, as they will be able to buy and take delivery of the additional medical equipment, which they desperately need, much quicker
The fundraising campaign worked so well, that colleagues in Italy have decided to keep the donation event open through April as well.
Cristina Rizzi, Admin Assistant, said:
We are all adapting to a new way of working, a new lifestyle, but together and even from a distance, we can still make a difference. We can always do more. We hope this idea will inspire others.
If you would like to read other stories from this series, please click on the links:
• An incredible result for Infineum Covid-19 charity initiative
• Infineum colleagues donate vital PPE in Brazil
• A very generous $20,000 gesture from Singapore
• Helping protect local children in Zhangjiagang
• Vital items to support local community in Cologne