All crazy for rice

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Date: Saturday 10 October 2020


10-11 and 17-18 October in 9 places in the Tuscan capital

All crazy for rice

The national fundraising event for the Itaca Project and for raising awareness on the topic of Mental Health is also back in Florence.

Testimonial 2020 of the event is Antonio Guida, executive chef of the Seta restaurant of Mandarin Oriental Milan, who created for the occasion the exclusive recipe "Lemon risotto with peppers, goat cheese and black cardamom" which will be delivered as a gift to all those who they will support the initiative.

On the occasion of the World Mental Health Day scheduled for Saturday 10 October, “Everyone crazy for rice” is back. The national public fundraising event for Progetto Itaca will bring over 300 volunteers to the main Italian squares to promote correct information and raise awareness in the community to overcome the stigma and prejudice that still accompany the suffering of the psyche.
The initiative, now in its sixth edition, "wants to be a strong message of hope for those who suffer or have a history of mental disorders" - underlines Ughetta Radice Fossati, Secretary General of the Fondazione Progetto Itaca Onlus -. “This year, in a particular way, we want to make our voice heard because today, more than ever, Mental Health must be protected and Progetto Itaca has been offering listening and concrete help to all those who need it for more than 20 years”.

In Florence "All crazy for rice" will be held 9 different places: Saturday 10 October (from 9 to 13:30 in Largo Annigoni, Piazzale di Porta Romana, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza delle Cure, Parish of Sant'Angelo a Legnaia ), Sunday 11 October (from 9 to 13:30 Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, Church of San Francesco in Savonarola, Parish of Sant'Angelo a Legnaia), Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October (from 10 to 19 Floralia Santo Spirito ).
In each of these events it will be possible to meet the volunteers of Progetto Itaca and support their activities with a donation, for which a 1kg package of fine Carnaroli rice will be offered. Testimonial 2020 of the event is Antonio Guida, executive chef of the Seta restaurant of Mandarin Oriental, Milan who created for the occasion the exclusive recipe "Lemon risotto with peppers, goat cheese and black cardamom" which will be given as a gift to all those who will support the initiative.
“I welcomed the invitation of Fondazione Progetto Itaca Onlus to create a recipe for the 2020 mental health awareness campaign. The kitchen always unites, and from now on I would like to thank all those who will support the initiative with their donations ”- Antonio Guida.

The latest report from the World Health Organization on Mental Health shows that nearly a billion people in the world are living with a mental disorder today and that the health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a significant increase in psychiatric disorders. According to a recent study by the IRCCS San Raffaele Hospital, conducted by the Psychiatrist Francesco Benedetti, over half of the Italians who received hospital treatment for Covid-19 report at least one symptom attributable to mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, post-stress traumatic, insomnia or other manifestations.
Therefore, concrete action is needed to support Mental Health which, to date, is one of the areas most neglected by public health. For this Project Itaca joins the appeal of the World Health Organization: "Move for Mental Health: Let's Invest!" to ask public institutions for greater investments in mental health.

The list of Italian squares participating in the initiative is available on the website , from Thursday 1 October it is also possible to receive the rice from Progetto Itaca comfortably at home, for more information .
With the funds raised, Progetto Itaca will expand and renew its services in the field of Mental Health and will be able to open new offices on the national territory, guaranteeing a greater capillarity and presence in Italy.
Also for this edition, the proximity of the partners who have renewed their commitment in the field of Mental Health alongside Progetto Itaca Onlus is important: Aon, Belfor, Indena, Vodafone Italia Foundation and Maisto e Associati.

Progetto Itaca Firenze Onlus is an Association of volunteers engaged in the field of Mental Health born on February 14, 2011, part of the national network coordinated by the Fondazione Progetto Itaca Onlus, which promotes training, prevention and rehabilitation projects for people with mental disorders and for their family members. - Tel. 055 0672779


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