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Italy earthquake: Here’s how you can help

The earthquake on Wednesday, which claimed the lives of at least 247 people, has had a devastating impact on four Italian towns.

Italy earthquake: Here's how you can help
Rescuers continue to hand for survivors. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

As the search for survivors continues, many people from around the world have asked us how they can help.

So here’s how:

Order a plate of Amatriciana

Firstly, if dining at a restaurant in Italy or an Italian one elsewhere in the world, you can order a plate of pasta Amatriciana pasta. Chances are, €2 of what you pay for the dish, which originates from Amatrice, one of the towns worst affected, will go towards helping the town.

The initiative was set up by an Italian food blogger, and has signed up over 700 restaurants so far, so share this link below and help spread the word.

Donate to the Italian Red Cross

You can donate to the Italian Red Cross by clicking here.  A fund has also been set up by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), where you can donate with international currencies.

Donate via your mobile phone

Italian telecom firms Tim, Vodafone Italy, Fastweb, Coopvoce, Wind and Infostrada have set up a donation service. You can donate €2 by texting 45500 or dialing the same number from a landline.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and UNICO

The National Italian American Foundation has set up a donation page, while UNICO, America’s largest Italian-American service and charitable organization is also collecting donations through its relief fund. Donations can be sent to the UNICO Foundation Disaster Relief Fund can be sent to 271 U.S. Highway 46 West, Suite F-103, Fairfield, N.J. 07004.

Save the Children has also set up a donation fund.

Donation collection points

Across Italy, points have been set up where you can donate non-perishable food, clothes, blankets, flash-lights, and anything else that will be useful to the towns and people affected.

The addresses are below but if you live in Rome, and have transportation or mobility issues, then Moovenda will collect your donations – but only until about 8pm or 9pm on Thursday August 25th. You can call or text the company on 3381577381 or leave a message on its Facebook page.

Collection point addresses:

Rome

PD Marconi, Via Eugenio Barsanti 25. Collection hours:  Thursday August 25th: 10-30am- 12:30 and 17:30-19:30 Friday August 26th: 10-30-12:30

PD Magliana, Via Vaiano 3. Collection hours:  Thursday August 25th: 10-00am- 12:00 and 17:30-19:30. Friday August 26th: 10:00-12:30 and 17:30-19:30.

PD Portuense, Via Pietro Venturi 33
Collection hours: Thursday August 25th: 11-00am- 13:00 and 17:00-19:00

PD Corviale-Muratella, Via Agostino Magliani 70
Collection hours: Thursday August 25th: 10:30am- 13:00 and 18:00-19:00. Friday August 26th: 10:30-13:00

Gazebo di solidarietà, Largo di S. Silvia, Portuense
Collection hours: 17:00-20:00

Polisportiva Castelverde, Via Manopello 134. Collection hours: 18.00-20.00

Presidenza del Municipio I, Via Petroselli 50, 3rd floor. Collection hours: Thursday to Friday 10:00-16:00

Via Antonio Tempesta 126. Collection hours: Thursday August 25th: 10.00-21:00

Astral Spa, Via del Pescaccio 96/98
Collection hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 6.45-20:30 and Saturday: 7:00-12:00.

Milan

Collections in Milan have been organized by volunteers at P.as.vol, who will be at Parco di Trenno between 15:30 and 18:30 on Thursday. They are specifically seeking summer and winter clothes, blankets, medication in unopened packets, and hygiene products.

You can also donate at the l’Ufficio Raccolta Fondi in Via S. Bernardino, 4 between Monday and Thursday from 9:30 to 12.30 and between 14:30 and 17.30; Friday 9:30-12:30

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Italy’s Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report

Ex-PM Matteo Renzi would like to see former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi become prime minister of Italy, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Italy's Renzi wants ex-ECB boss Draghi to become prime minister: report
Matteo Renzi. Image: Andreas Solaro/ POOL / AFP

“I would say that is one of our proposals,” confirmed the source, who declined to be named.

The Italian government collapsed last week when PM Giuseppe Conte resigned. The former coalition allies are currently trying to come to an agreement and sort out their differences.

The centre-left government had been in turmoil ever since former premier Matteo Renzi withdrew his Italia Viva party earlier this month, a move that forced Conte to step down this week.

During the past year, Renzi frequently criticised Conte’s management of the pandemic and economic crisis.

Italy’s La Stampa newspaper also reported on Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella was considering Draghi for the prime ministerial role. However, Mattarella’s office promptly denied this, saying there had been no contact between them.

So far, there has been no comment from Draghi, who hasn't been seen much in the public eye since 2019.


Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, gave ruling parties more time on Friday to form a new government, after the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. 

Coalition parties Italia Viva, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement must come to an agreement to allow the government to heal. 

Renzi, a former prime minister himself, has pubilcly stated that he does not want to talk about who should lead the next government at this stage, reasoning that the parties need to agree on a way forward first.

“Any effort today to fuel a discussion about Draghi is offensive to Draghi and above all to the president of the republic,” Renzi said in an interview published on Sunday with Corriere della Sera.

A senior Italia Viva lawmaker also told Reuters that “If the president gives a mandate to Draghi, we would certainly support this”. 

Renzi, whose party is not even registering three percent support in opinion polls, quit the coalition over Conte’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and his plans for spending more than 200 billion euros from a European Union fund to help Italy’s damaged economy.

READ ALSO: Why do Italy's governments collapse so often?

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