The CIBPA and other Italian Canadian organizations created “The Italy Earthquake Relief Fund” (TIERF) to help the people affected by the massive earthquake in central Italy on Aug. 24, 2016. To date TIERF has raised over $1.6 million On December 22, 2017 TIERF completed the donation of 2 “Tele Mobile Hospitals” to Science For Life (SFL) an Italian Charity at a cost of 375,000 Euros each ($1.3 million donation). When these technology enabled “mobile hospitals” are not assisting in natural disasters, they will be used as hospitals in small towns that lack medical facilities. SFL is in the process of sending these mobile hospitals to the cities most affected by the earthquake.
The Canadian project caught the interest of the Vatican and the SFL program is being expanded. We had the privilege of His Holiness, Pope Francis providing a final inspection and blessing the mobile hospitals. It was a great Canadian Christmas gift to our Italian friends in need.