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"Sempre con voi" Fund
Our contribution, € 500,000 for the families of decease health-care workers
The UniCredit Foundation feels that it has a duty to stand by the families of the doctors and health-care workers who died in the line of duty while fighting Covid 19
Discussions initiated by the Unicredit Foundation in the aftermath of the outbreak of the pandemic with many of the main social players revealed an extremely complex situation. The Foundation immediately honed in on the need to provide concrete aid to the families of the many health-care workers, doctors, paramedics and nurses who, in treating Covid 19 patients, contracted the virus themselves and eventually succumbed to it.
Thus, the Foundation's Board of Directors met on 30 April 2020, and resolved to give € 500,000 to the Sempre con voi ("always with you") Fund formed on 5 April by the Civil Protection Department at the behest of the Della Valle family.
The Board underscored that the choice aims not only to provide financial aid to the families of medical workers who perished due to Covid 19, but also to reduce the risk of losing sight of those who made the ultimate sacrifice during this pandemic, once the most difficult emotional period has passed.
The Foundation's choice to act through a fund formed by the Civil Protection Department also underlines the importance of fostering collaboration between private and public entities, especially in dire times, able to accomplish social projects of great importance with generosity, speed and transparency.
The Fund began to issue its first contributions in early December 2020, in line with an order published on 17 August in Italy's Official Gazette, the official journal of the Italian government.
In a certain sense, this initiative marked the end of the emergency phase during which the Foundation invested its funds to combat the spread of the pandemic, and the beginning of a phase that looked ahead to the next, which would be no less difficult and would require further action.