Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni and her husband Fedez have raised over €3 million to help deal with the coronavirus epidemic in Italy via a Go Fund Me campaign.
The couple also made a personal donation of €100,000 to help fund new hospital beds in the intensive care area of Milan’s San Raffaele hospital.
“We hope that this initiative will raise awareness among people in Italy and abroad of the current coronavirus crisis, which is affecting all of us,” they said in a statement, reports WWD.
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The project was developed with Professor Alberto Zangrillio, who is head of the Milanese hospital’s cardiovascular and general intensive care department.
“This is a concrete contribution, which we tremendously appreciate and that we hope can be an example for many,” Zangrillo notes.
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This is to fully explain the situation to all my foreigner followers (70% of my 18.7 millions) who clearly don’t understand the situation here in Italy at the moment: IT IS BAD. We have more than 10.000 cases, more than 600 deaths and more than 5000 people at the hospitals with bad conditions. The hospitals are not ready for all these cases and doctors and nurses are doing all they can to help as many as possible but if the number of sick doesn’t slow down they’ll have to start choosing patients based on how young and likely to survive they are. @fedez and I started a crowdfunding on Monday to help a hospital in Milan and it got over 3.6 millions € in offers and so many other people started collecting for other hospitals but there is still a lot that has to be done. The State decided to LOCK ALL OF THE ITALIANS inside their houses til April 3rd to prevent the virus to spread even more and to avoid the whole system and hospitals to collapse. We’re all living in quarantene right now, like some cities in China have done this past month. So please, start the awareness and understand that this is not a common flu and it’s way more dangerous for all of us: STAY IN as much as possible in this critical time. And If you can, help telling others to be careful and help Italy with its hospitals 🙏🏻
“We continue our battle, which we will win, against this extraordinary emergency, where intensive care is the only chance to cure the patients most affected.”
Italian influencer Ferragni has used her platform to warn her Instagram followers to take all precautions necessary to fight the crisis, as well as stressing that there is the serious issue of an inadequate number of beds available in intensive care within hospitals.
“In this really difficult phase for our country we can also do something to support our communities,” the Go Fund Me page reads. “Doctors and scientists are doing a very important job and we would like to help support them.
“For this reason, we thought of helping the intensive care unit at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. At this moment the equipment necessary to triple the intensive and subintensive care beds are:
– Non invasive ventilation devices
– Hemodynamic monitoring
Even a small donation can make a difference.”
Giorgio Armani has also donated €1.25 million to the Luigi Sacco and San Raffaele hospitals and the Istituto dei Tumori in Milan, as well as the Istituto Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome.
Donate to the Ferragni campaign at gofundme.com.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.