Parma, 16 December 2020 – With Parma Calcio celebrating their 107th birthday today, the Club wanted to celebrate their close bond with the community with a special gesture: bringing joy to youngsters being treated at the Pietro Barilla’s Children’s Hospital.

 

Due to the protocols in place as a result of the COVID-19 emergency, directors, staff and players were unfortunately unable to visit the various departments, but Parma Calcio considered it important to carry on something which has now become a tradition during the holiday season. As a result, a Club delegation paid the hospital a visit.

The Club was represented by Oliver Krause, Vice Sporting Director Alessandro Lucarelli and Medical Coordinator Giulio Pasta. Meanwhile, the Crociati’s official mascot Crozè, who arrived on the team coach, delivered gifts to the medical and nursing staff at the Children’s Hospital.

Massimo Fabi, Director General of the Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, was there to welcome the delegation and had the following to say: “This visit, which has become a very welcome tradition, is very important for our young patients. We’d like to thank Parma Calcio for the care they show and the genuine community spirit that they have.”

Oliver Krause, who donated an official Parma Calcio shirt to the Director General of the hospital, said the following: “It’s a pleasure to be here. On the day of our 107th birthday, it’s wonderful for us to demonstrate the connection we have with the city of Parma. It’s disappointing that we can’t be here with our players and directly greet the young patients: we would have liked to shown them some friendship and affection. But we’ll certainly do this another time when the COVID-19 emergency is over. And we hope it’ll be over soon.”

Alessandro Lucarelli also commented: “It would have been fantastic to talk to the children being treated in hospital. It’s something that, on a human level, has always given us so much. We’ll definitely come back here to share these emotions.”