I am happy to announce that donations are now being accepted through Save Vernazza ONLUS, a non-profit Italian organization established by four amazing women. These ladies are incredibly resourceful and successful American women who have found themselves living in Vernazza and calling it home. Please take the time to read through their website and learn more about their passion for this cause.
I know that many of you have asked how to donate and have also voiced concern over where that money will actually end up. By donating through Save Vernazza, you can rest assured that 100% of the resources are going directly to the community. The current estimate to restore and rebuild Vernazza alone is 5 million euro, a sum which seems absolutely overwhelming to the people. Our support is crucial. Even the smallest amount will make a difference; currently the greatest needs are simple things like boots, warm socks and bottled water.
In addition to that, tourism is the dominant force in the village and without it they have little way to support themselves financially. Travel is another vital role we will play in this community. I encourage everyone who is planning a trip to Italy or knows someone who is: Go to the Cinque Terre. Stay in Vernazza. Most of the rooms were not effected by the mud and we can not let them stand empty next season. Things will be different next year, but that does not mean the experience of this amazing place will be lost.
I call out to everyone that has ever been touched by Vernazza. Go Back. Don’t write them off. To those that have always wanted to visit. Do Not Change Your Plans. Put Vernazza back on your itinerary.
Donations can be made directly from their website. Follow this link to Save Vernazza ONLUS
For more information on the disaster itself, including updated information, photos and videos please click here for my Vernazza page. Check back often as I plan to do all that I can to support and promote one of the most special places on earth to me.
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