How Can I Help Italy?

Photo courtesy Alessandra Tarantino/AP

I’m leaving for Italy in just a few weeks now and I’m struggling to find a concrete way to help the victims of the Earthquake-stricken Central Italy. As I contemplated more of the ways I could help an enormous aftershock of 6.1 magnitude stuck central Italy, only slightly smaller than the earthquake that devastated Amatrice back in August.

I just happened to start listening to the audiobook of The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone and I’ve decided that I’ve got to say yes to ALL of the ideas that I have and 10x my efforts towards each of those if I really want to be successful.

This means posting 10x a day to Instagram, not just daily. @italyheals

This means creating that photography book and selling 100 copies, not just 10.

This means hosting my friends from work to an event to raise money for my trip, another for family, another for some group I haven’t determined.

This means collecting children’s books to donate to Italian schoolchildren.

I want to dominate this effort and not waste a moment of my time before I leave. I can make a huge impact if I only set my sights higher, push harder and not give in for a moment.

Building an Itinerary

At first I was feeling a little stressed trying to come up with my rough itinerary for this upcoming trip to Italy. It’s not that I don’t know how to fill the time. It’s more that there are so many logistial details to solve that could easily be worked out if I had a pile of cash to work with. They seem to require a lot more creativity working on a tight budget.

The first question is wheter to rent a car at all. If I don’t, I’m worried that I won’t be able to get around in Amatrice or have the independece that I’d like to have. If I do that could take more money than I would really like to use on transportation.

Then again busses and trains also do add up and limit my travel to main routes.

I think I’ll visit Romina in Rome at the beginning and end of my time in Italy. I think I’ll spend no more than three or four nights with family. I’m going to try and reserve at least a week in the earthquake stricken region surrounding Amatrice.

Then there’s the question of visiting Milan Bovisa as well. I think it makes sence to visit the actual campus where the program I hope to attend is held.

Yesterday I Bought My Ticket to Rome (and Paris)

I finally pinned down my dates and a rough itinerary allowing me to buy my next ticket to Italy yesterday morning. I’m headed to Amatrice via Rome to volunteer in the earthquake zone for a couple of weeks. I’ll likely visit my family again and the Milan Bovisa campus as well. I’ve promised myself a half dozen times that I’d finally visit somewhere outside of Italy and this is the trip. A few days in France should be enough to allow me to see some attractions I’ve been wanting to see.

Italy 🇮🇹 Earthquake Relief Photography Benefit Sale

What can we do for the victims of this terrible tragedy in Italy?

An earthquake has come and destroyed their tiny cities, their whole livelihoods, literally decimated the population in some areas. Hundreds have died and some are still missing. On top of that in Amatrice alone over 1500 artworks in 115 churches are destroyed, in danger, or buried under rubble, taking second priority to the initial search and rescue efforts.

Now, as summer ends the cooler fall nights arrive hinting at the winter without proper shelter to come. Around 2000 Italians are currently living in tents and other temporary housing and are predicted to remain there for the winter.

Roads in the region were initially cut off making it extremely difficult to get vital supplies up into the scattered hillside towns surrounding the epicenter. Slowly the infrastructure is being rebuilt, yet it’s going to be a long time until life gets back to normal. In some places, normal may never return.

Many fear that the reconstruction of historic center of Amatrice is in danger of being taken over by the Mafia, just as L’Aquila still has a center that remains a ghost town after the 2009 earthquake that struck the city.

I’m hosting a fundraiser event at my home for the victims of the earthquake in Italy on August 24th that affected Amatrice and the surrounding towns.

You are invited to a celebration of the culture and beauty of Italy.

I am going to be giving a short presentation of my recent visits to Italy as well as making available for purchase my matted and signed artistic prints from all five of my trips.

A large portion of every photo sold will be donated. Our goal is to raise $1000 for the earthquake relief. I’m optimistic that we can reach this goal because my employer, Apple, is doing a 2:1 match of donations from its employees.

Available will be Italian wines, desserts and other snacks. Gluten free and non-alcoholic beverages will be available as well.

I can’t wait to see you there. Please bring your friends and RSVP so we have enough wine!

If you cannot make it please consider donating through PayPal: