AS Roma will begin delivering essential supplies direct to the homes of club’s oldest fans on Friday.
The club have today begun contacting all season ticket holders aged 75 and over to prepare them for a delivery of their Roma Cares pack on Friday.
Qualifying season ticket holders will receive a care package containing both key food items, some of which have been generously provided by Roma's partners, and medical supplies, including 10 face masks, protective gloves and hand sanitizer, to protect them during the current period.
The new initiative, part of Roma’s wider response to the coronavirus issue, is designed to provide a service to the most vulnerable fans in the local community, all of whom have been advised not to leave their homes during the Covid-19 crisis.
With 743 new deaths in Italy over the last 24 hours, the situation remains incredibly perilous, with the elderly most at risk.
Each of the elderly season ticket holders will receive a Roma Cares pack containing the following items:
2 x bags of Molisana pasta (2kg in total)
4 x cans of tomato sauce
1 x pack of Gentilini biscuits
2 x packs of coffee
2 x packs of sugar
2 x pack of flour
1 x bottle of extra virgin olive oil
4 x packs of salt
2 x can of tuna fish (250g each)
1 x jar of marmalade
1 x bag of rice
6 x bottles of water
1 x bottle of Birra Peroni
1x traditional Colomba easter cake
1 x copy of Friday's edition of Gazzetta dello Sport
1 x special Covid-19 sanitary kit including hand sanitizer and plastic gloves
10 x face masks – kindly donated by Roma Club Shanghai
1 x AS Roma ‘Voglio solo star con te’ scarf (‘I only want to be with you’).
Roma Cares staff will begin making the deliveries and work through the weekend to ensure that all season ticket holders aged 75 and older will receive their pack.
“This is a very worrying time for everyone, particularly the oldest members of our community,” said Francesco Calvo, chief operating officer at AS Roma.
“The government and the local institutions have advised the elderly to avoid leaving their homes unless it’s an emergency so we wanted to deliver some essential supplies that we believe can help them during this time.
"It’s a small gesture from the club but we want them to know that despite them not being able to come to the stadium to support the team, we are still close to them during this moment.”
Last week, the club announced it would buy eight ventilators and eight new intensive care beds for Lazzaro Spallanzani Hospital in Rome after players and technical staff donated a day’s salary to the club’s Covid-19 fundraising campaign.
As part of a coordinated campaign to support both the medical staff in hospitals across Rome and the general public, Roma Cares has also delivered 13,000 FFP2 masks and 120 500ml bottles of hand sanitiser to hospitals, as well as 8,000 pairs of protective gloves and 2,000 bottles of sanitising hand gel to churches in key parts of the Italian capital – to be redistributed among the vulnerable in their communities.
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