The #raceagainstCovid fundraising initiative launched by Ducati at the beginning of May has ended, collecting more than 170,000 euros. The donations will go towards the rehabilitation programs that the Polyclinic of S.Orsola in Bologna has developed and implemented for patients recovering after Covid-19 infection.
The fundraising was opened by the members of Ducati Board of management and the employees of Borgo Panigale and subsidiaries worldwide. The amount raised initially was doubled by the Company and represented the starting point for international fundraising. Many donations from various parts of the world were then added, with the participation of the riders and the large Ducati family: DOC, dealers, suppliers, partners and enthusiasts, all happy to play their part in this important charity project.
The French artist Jisbar also contributed to the final result, creating and donating a pop-art painting entitled "Ducati Mona Lisa", and recently sold at auction by Cambi Casa d'Aste for the sum of 5,500 euros, which was added to the total proceeds.
The sum collected through the #raceagainstCovid is now in the hands of the Policlinico di S. Orsola in Bologna, which will use it with to purchase the specific instrumentation to meet the diagnostic needs of patients undergoing rehabilitation therapy following Covid-19 infection. In particular, further ultrasound technologies will be implemented to allow the execution of tests that are not invasive or harmful to the patient. Specifically, with the funds obtained, an internal ultrasound scanner, a cardiac ultrasound scanner and six ultrasound scanners with wireless probe will be purchased.
Ducati has always been an active part of its territory, characterized internationally for the Motor Valley of two and four-wheel ‘masterpieces’, but also for its excellent medical facilities. The Emilia-Romagna Region was in fact the national hub for the treatment of Covid-19.
Ducatisti from all over the world are very attached to this land, which has always hosted the factory where the Ducati bikes are built, and they have also demonstrated it on this occasion.