€980,911 were raised during the New Year’s day Feast of Generosity organised by RTK4Charity in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza. The dry but rather cool weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the large crowds that made it to Siġġiewi during the day to make their donation under the big tent set up in the parking lot. As has now been the custom, various parishes in Malta and Gozo made special collections during church celebrations and presented them during the telethon.
The Director, Fr Martin Micallef, said that this year’s edition of the Feast of Generosity has once again shown the solidarity with and generosity of the Maltese people towards Id-Dar tal-Providenza. He thanked the civil and political authorities for their support as well as all those hundreds of volunteers that took part in the organisation of the Feast of Generosity.
The first official visitor was Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna who also celebrated Mass in the Home’s chapel. He said that id-Dar tal-Providenza, whose residents cost €100 per person per day to maintain their quality of life, is a monument to the culture of life and through it our nation spreads the values in favour of life and human dignity so that we can be a source of hope and support to all of Europe. After midnight, Archbishop Scicluna phoned in during the live broadcast as he felt that he should also thank the Maltese public for its generosity towards id-Dar tal-Providenza.
Other visits during the day were made by the President of Malta, Mrs Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and her husband Edgar; Dr Chris Cardona, Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business who stepped in for the Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat who is away from the island; Dr Beppe Fenech Adami, Deputy Leader of the Nationalist Party who was representing the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Simon Busuttil who is also away; the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Dr Justyne Caruana; Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr Pawl Cremona OP and Vicar General Mgr Joe Galea Curmi. Members of Parliament from both sides of the House and representatives of constituted bodies also made it to Siġġiewi during the day.
As part of the Feast of Generosity, €32,010 were raised through an auction of various works of art donated by more than hundred Maltese and foreign artists. Various bids were placed online but most bidders were there personally to follow the process.
The live television broadcast started at 9.00am with Holy Mass and continued till just after midnight when the total sum collected during the day was announced. TVM1, TVM2, ONE TV, NET TV and FLiving Channel took part for long stretches of the 15-hour televised marathon. This included entertainment provided by the top singers on the island and various entertainers that managed to create a festive family atmosphere.