April 3 2020  |  Spirits & Tobacco

Illva Saronno Donates 100,000 hand sanitizer pocket packs to non-profit Banco Farmaceutico Foundation

By Jas Ryat


Illva Saronno Holding has joined the army of alcohol companies to support COVID-19 relief. The company has decided to convert part of its production to make antibacterial gel. 100,000 small bottles 50 ml of the Disaronno brand have been transformed into hand sanitizer pocket packs and donated to the non-profit Banco Farmaceutico Foundation.

Together, they will distribute them to ten charity organizations that, throughout Italy, offer treatment and medication to poor people. This will include Caritas of Rome, Milan, Florence and Palermo, Opera San Francesco for the poor (Milan), Fondazione Progetto Arca (Milan), Fratelli San Francesco (Milan), Centro Astalli of Rome and Palermo, Banco Farmaceutico Cosenza. They will also be distributed to the Municipality of Saronno, neighboring municipalities and to Illva Saronno employees.

The charity organizations will distribute the hand sanitizer pocket packs to those who cannot afford to buy basic necessities:Due to the absence of people losing work, they are experiencing the deepest need; on the other, people who were already in a state of poverty and that, the health emergency, which is already an economic emergency, will lead into a condition of further poverty.

Aldino Marzorati, Chief Executive Officer of ILLVA SARONNO HOLDING, says: “Illva Saronno's know-how is absolutely compatible with the needs of this moment of crisis: for us, it is therefore a duty and a pleasure to make available our production plants to cope with this terrible moment and support those who need it most. Banco Farmaceutico is the right partner to make our contribution concrete, to be able to actively support people who, in this moment of extreme difficulty, are forced to give up to an asset like this, necessary for their health prevention".

“It is good to see that, in such difficult moments, there are companies that have in their nature concern for the need of the community and, in particular, for that of the most fragile. We sincerely thank Illva Saronno Holding for having responded so promptly to our call. A few days ago, in fact, we got in touch with companies and entrepreneurs, to ask them not to forget the poor and the network of charity organizations that takes care of them; and to maintain the willingness to accept our specific requests for donations, so that we can continue to contribute. We re-launch our invitation, confident that more and more companies will want to do their part for the good of everyone", said Sergio Daniotti, president of the non-profit Banco Farmaceutico Foundation.

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