Filipinos Join Blood Drive to Aid Italy’s COVID-19 Response
Around 30 Filipinos donated blood during a blood drive organized by the Associazione di Donatori Volontari di Sangue La Rete di Tutti (La Rete di tutti OdV), an Italian non-profit association of blood donor organizations, in Rome on 03 May 2020.
“The blood donation is a huge effort to help in the COVID-19 emergency. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, Italian health authorities have been calling for blood donors as blood banks are experiencing low supply of blood caused by the health crisis,” La Rete di tutti OdV President Mr. Di Iorio said as he expressed his appreciation to members of the Filipino community in Italy, through Philippine Ambassador to Italy Domingo P. Nolasco.
The blood drive was organized in partnership with iPARAMEDICI, an organization founded by Mr. Dindo Malanyaon and mainly composed of Filipino citizens in Rome focused on civil protection, health, and safety. It has been collaborating with La Rete di tutti OdV for almost nine years and an estimated 200-300 of its members have participated in the blood donation drives.
On 04 May 2020, Italy started the Phase 2 of its fight against COVID-19, slowly easing movement restrictions throughout the country. DFA.GOV.PH