HeidelbergCement and Italcementi donate to hospital in Bergamo
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:46
Companies donate €200,000 to Italian hospital caught at centre of the fight against coronavirus
TO help alleviate an extremely tense situation in the local community and to support the fight against the coronavirus, HeidelbergCement and their Italian subsidiary, Italcementi, have each donated €100,000 to the Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo.
Bergamo, where Italcementi are headquartered, is in Lombardy, northern Italy, which has been particularly hard hit by the current COVID-19 epidemic. Since February, more than 400 people there have died from the virus.
Last week, Italcementi’s managing director, Roberto Callieri, arranged for the company to donate €100,000 to the Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, and also invited the employees to support the hospital and other institutions. HeidelbergCement have now doubled this contribution with their own donation.
‘We are in very close contact with our colleagues from Italcementi and feel particularly connected to them and to the people of Bergamo in this difficult situation,’ said Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the managing board of HeidelbergCement. ‘We have therefore decided to support the Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, whose employees are undertaking unimaginable efforts in handling the COVID-19 epidemic.’