|The #raceagainstCovid fundraising initiative organized by Ducati to support the Policlinico di S.Orsola in Bologna draws to a close
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 28 July 2020 – 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 sum collected through donations is over € 170,000 and will be used to purchase specific diagnostic tools for the rehabilitation of patients post Covid-19
- Members of the Board and employees at Ducati opened the fundraising, the amount they collected was doubled by the Company. The campaign then brought together Ducati riders and the entire community of Ducatisti
- The "Ducati Mona Lisa" painting by the French artist Jisbar sold at auction to help raise funds
The fundraising was opened by the members of Ducati Board of Management and by the employees of Borgo Panigale and subsidiaries worldwide. The amount raised initially was doubled by the Company and represented the starting point for the 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 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.
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Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterised by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design and cutting-edge technology. With its factory located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district, in 2016 Ducati celebrated 90 years since its foundation. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport, Panigale and Streetfighter. In 2015, Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that that stands out for its creativity and self-expression.
In 2017, Ducati presented the Panigale V4, the first Ducati production bike to mount a 4-cylinder engine derived directly from the Desmosedici GP engine. Ducati iconic motorcycles, together with an extensive range of bike accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries worldwide. In 2019 Ducati delivered 53,183 bikes to customers, consolidating its sales over the 50,000-bike threshold for the fifth year running. Ducati competes in both MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. It has been competing in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007, while in Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles.
The Policlinico S.Orsola
The University Hospital of Bologna Policlinico S. Orsola - Malpighi is an extremely old hospital (the first centre dates back to 1592) and is home to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna. It is located in the heart of the city of Bologna over an area of approximately 1.8 km and a logistical organization which is structured in 27 pavilions that house the Operating Units of the Polyclinic. Every day around 20,000 people access the hospital (employees, university students and teachers, patients, visitors and suppliers). The Polyclinic is a national and international reference centre for various pathologies. The internal organization is structured into 9 departments with integrated activity (hospital and university), a type of organization that enables it to guarantee assistance, teaching and research activities, to which the 87 operating units belong. It has 1,487 beds with a staff of 5,185 employees, including researchers and university doctors; there are approximately 65,000 hospitalizations per year and over 3,000,000 specialist external services. The Policlinico is part of the Covid Intensive Care, a structure supporting the intensive care of the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Italian national network.