MILAN - FC Internazionale and Italian humanitarian organisation Emergency, with the collaboration of Banca Popolare di Milano today launched a new initiative: Inter for Emergency.
The match to win this time is to help build a pediatric centre and offer medical assistance for children under 14 in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo - an area where war has generated 500,000 refugees.
From 15:30-17:00 on Wednesday 7 July and from 10:00-21:00 from 8 to 21 July (weekends included), the UEFA Champions League trophy will be exhibited at BPM in via San Paolo. For just 5 euros, fans will be able to take their photos with the trophy. For 10 euros, fans can have their photo taken and printed by a professional photographer. All contributions will help fund the Inter for Emergency project in Congo.
The new project was unveiled to the press at the main branch of Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM) in via San Paolo 12, Milan.
Speaking during the press conference were Cecilia Strada, daughter of Emergency founder Gino and currently president of the organisation, Inter president Massimo Moratti and BPM commercial director Giovanni Pipi, while Gino Strada spoke via telephone from Kabul in Afghanistan, where Emergency runs a series of projects.
"I am infinitely grateful to Inter and BPM, with whom we have a long collaboration," explained Cecilia Strada. "Inter have often helped us make dreams come true like the maternity centre in Afghanistan, where over eight thousand children have been born. Now it is our dream to build a pediatric centre in Goma in the People's Republic of Congo. I am convinced that the Inter fans will show their support once again. As my father Gino just said, Inter are a club that 'goes beyond' and also looks off the pitch."
Added Massimo Moratti: "We are very honoured to be here for this initiative which was a spontaneous idea of Gino and his family. It is fantastic that the cup, besides bringing great joy to many Inter fans, can also do something extremely useful in helping save people and children. Even if it's just one life, the value of this trophy would be increased a hundredfold."
Also present at today's presentation were Inter managing director Ernesto Paolillo, Francesco Toldo and Emergency honorary president Milly Moratti.