The earthquake in Central Italy on the 24th of August has had devastating consequences for families and towns in the region. Our Italian colleagues were compelled to do something to help, which resulted in a spur of the moment fundraiser on Wednesday.
The money will go towards rebuilding the area, as a large amount of cultural heritage and family homes have been destroyed by the earthquake. Inspired by the lovely village of Amatrice – one of the places which was hit the worst – Account Manager for Materialise Italy, Alessio Esposti, decided to make Spaghetti Amatriciana for everyone at our headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.
In Alessio’s words, “Over the past years, Materialise has always been extremely active when it comes to charitable initiatives, and when the earthquake hit my home country, I thought it was time to organize one myself.”
Spaghetti Amatriciana is a simple, but delicious dish made with tomato sauce and pancetta. Together with our other Italian colleagues at Materialise, Alessio and his team of cooks whipped up enough pasta to feed more than 150 people – and they raised an incredible 748,73€! Of course, it will take much more than that to rebuild the beautiful village of Amatrice, but every little helps. We were happy to try some of Italy’s wonderful gastronomic heritage, and contribute to a good cause at the same time! Hopefully Amatrice and its surrounding area will recover quickly from this terrible experience.