A terrible earthquake on May 20 in the beautiful Emilia
region, which is located north of Bologna in the center of
Italy, resulted in 26 deaths and devastated houses,
factories, schools and the lives of thousands of frightened
people. Later, when the fear and the dust fade, it's
time for reconstruction and support.
The workers of the Hydro plant in Ornago, which also felt
some of the effects of the earthquake, got together and
decided to do something visible and concrete for the
victims. Each employee donated food, clothes and money, and
the company contributed as well.
Once the goods were gathered, a group of workers, together
with friends and spouses, traveled down with trucks to
personally deliver groceries and field tents to the
The employees organized everything, says managing director
Luca Bertola, and they wanted to travel to the destroyed
areas themselves to bring solidarity and to tell the people
"we are here with you to share your sorrow and to help
you to rebuild your trust in the future.
"It makes me extremely proud of my workers because
they really showed what it means to support and help other
unfortunate human beings. It was much more than simply
transferring some money to a bank account, it was a gesture
of real and warm sympathy toward other people, it was
social responsibility in practice. Our workers walked the
talk of two of Hydro's very important values,
cooperation and respect."