Supporting tornado victims in the Czech Republic
Friday 23 July 2021
At the end of June, a tornado hit South Moravia in the Czech Republic and changed the lives of hundreds of people. The Czechs demonstrated that they can stick together even in the most difficult moments and immediately pitched in to provide help – both financially and physically. UniCredit also took part in the effort, donating 135,000 euros to those affected.
UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, in cooperation with UniCredit Foundation and UniCredit Leasing, raised money to support families affected by the tornado.
Immediately after the Bank announced the fundraising drive, donations from employees in the Czech Republic and Slovakia started pouring in, resulting in more than 19,200 euro for the reconstruction of the destroyed homes. Moreover, UniCredit Bank and UniCredit Leasing also contributed financially, donating a combined 16,000 euro. UniCredit Foundation increased the donations by another 100,000 euro which were donated to the Czech organisation Charta 77: one of the strongest Czech non-profit organisations, which directly supports victims of natural disasters. The total donation raised by UniCredit in only 2 weeks amounted to the incredible sum of 132,200 euros.
"As a Bank, we are always trying to Do the Right Thing", said Jakub Dusílek, CEO of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, and Marco Iannaccone, General Manager, adding: "That’s why we decided to roll up our sleeves and organize a targeted financial assistance. In cooperation with UniCredit Foundation, we arranged a fundraiser to help families who have lost the roof over their heads in the tornado."