Thursday, 9 April 2009

Abruzzo Earthquake - British Red Cross Appeal

I received the following email today and it has prompted me to include it in this blog posting. Urgent help is needed in Italy at the moment and this may be something my readers are interested in finding out about.

Support the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake‏
Italia Magazine Newsletter (
09 April 2009 13:22:07
Janet Bianchini

Dear Italia! readers,
I'm sure you have been moved by scenes of the devastating earthquake in Abruzzo. Our sympathies are with the people of the region at this difficult time and those who have had their homes destroyed or damaged are in immediate need of food, water and shelter. We wanted to help in some small way by telling as many people as possible about the Italy Earthquake Appeal set up by the British Red Cross. You can make a donation at or by phone at 0845 054 7201.
Thank you, AmandaEditor, Italia! magazine

Defying the Odds
One story which has captured the hearts of the nation is about Maria D'Antuono, a 98-year-old woman who managed to survive the deavastation of Monday's earthquake. She spent over 30 hours waiting to be rescued by doing "crochet". This inspiring story amidst the gloom can be read here.

A British woman living in Onna, who also survived the ordeal is featured in this article here.

These inspiring stories show us that against all the odds, there is always a glimmer of hope for someone, somewhere.

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