€5,425 raised in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A total of €5,425 was raised during an annual BBQ organised by the friends of Pierre Vella Petroni and Anne Marie Xuereb in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The event is now in its seventh year. This sum will help support persons with disability who use the residential services of the Home.

When presented with the cheque, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, thanked the organisers, helpers, sponsors and all friends and relatives who attended the activity and made a donation.

The companies that donated money or goods for the event were Valyou Superstore of Naxxar; Prime Limited; Big Fresh of Mosta; The General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd.; Simonds Farsons Cisk; C. Camilleri & Sons; Zamco; Mr Ronnie Axisa and Mr Karl Vella Petroni; Vascas; Studio 9; Provita; Rausi & Co; Joseph Casapinta, artist; BOV plc and BNF Bank.

Grateful thanks to all those who attended to make this yet another successful event.

Mr. Paul Gauci, PG Group majority shareholder, donates significant contribution to Dar tal-Providenza and Caritas

Entrepreneur Paul Gauci made a promise to Mgr Victor Grech 20 years ago as they sat together in Qawra that summer: that he would help Caritas – which the priest had run for a few decades by then – if he ever could. True to his word, Mr Gauci not only fulfilled that promise, helping Caritas but also Dar tal-Providenza, in an innovative way that he hopes will be taken up by other benefactors.

Id-Dar Tal-Providenza and Caritas received 750,000 shares each from his personal 75 per cent shareholding in PG plc, meaning that the two entities will receive not only the capital value of the shares, but also two dividends a year, subject to the performance of the company.

Although Caritas and Dar tal-Providenza receive bequests on a regular basis, the scale of this donation is considerably higher, enabling them to budget ahead, something that is notoriously difficult for entities to do when they rely so heavily on fundraising.

“I wanted to give them a tree, something that would give them fruit every year,” Mr Gauci explained, flanked by his family who were fully behind his donation.

“My father always used to tell me that charity never made anyone poor. A person’s legacy is never going to be defined by what they left behind in terms of material success, but by what good they did while they could,” he added.

His decision to give them shares, rather than a donation, was motivated by his huge respect for the two entities, which have a tremendous social role.

“When you give money, you are not always sure how it spent. Benefactors have a responsibility to scrutinise the entity that they want to support, and to ensure that there is transparency,” he said, clearly holding both entities in very high regard.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, said that the emphasis placed by more and more companies on corporate social responsibility, symbolises the recognition that prosperity is best achieved in an inclusive society. “This is a new approach towards corporate social responsibility and as described by Mr. Paul Gauci during our talks in finalising this donation, we were given a tree, or perhaps a continuous drip

of water, to complement and sustain our orchard of generosity. We depend heavily on the generosity of companies like PG Group and on fund-raising initiatives and it’s thanks to people like Mr. Gauci, to whom we direct our heartfelt thanks, that we can continue to provide and improve our service to the 115 residents at id-Dar tal-Providenza” Fr Martin said.

Caritas Director, Mr. Anthony Gatt, said that it is through such initiatives and the generosity of the Maltese people in general that we rely on. “Maltese people always contributed and showed a great sense of generosity whenever it was called for and these funds will assist us to continue providing our extensive range of services to vulnerable members in our community” concluded Mr. Gatt.

€26,300 raised during gastronomic dinner in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

€26,300 were raised during Gastronomic Dinner in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza organised by Infinitely Xara Co. Ltd owned by the Zammit Tabona family. This fine dining experience took place for the third year running in the historical setting of the Misraħ il-Kunsill located near the Mdina Local Council office with the gorgeous backdrop of The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux facade. Over one hundred and seventy guests were treated to a delicious five course meal accompanied by different wines and live acoustic music by Fiona Cauchi throughout the night.

This gastronomic dinner was under the patronage of His Lordship, Mgr Joe Galea Curmi, Auxiliary Bishop of Malta. In his welcome speech, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza said that over €55,000 were raised in the past two years. In 2017, the event had raised €27,730 which were used to install a much needed new elevator at Villa Papa Giovanni. Last year, the €27,300 raised were used to buy eight specialised food trolleys. Id-Dar tal-Providenza offers residential services to 115 persons with disabilties and relies to a very large extent on the generosity of its benefactors and the public donations it receives to fund the high level of care it provides. Therefore, this fundraising event is very much appreciated.

Fr Martin had a special words of thanks for the Mangement of Infinetely Xara who once again organised this special dinner, the kitchen and waiting staff as well as all the sponsors who without them this event would not have been possible. Company Director, Mrs Nicola Paris, thanked all those present for their support during the last three years during which a total €81,300 was raised.

The dinner was also attended by various established companies, who generously donated money to support Dar tal-Providenza. The principal partners for the night were Conrad Family Office, PWC, VJ Salomone Marketing Ltd, Halmann Vella Ltd, KRS Releasing, The Point Shopping Mall, MFSA, GSD Marketing Ltd, Malta International Airport, Insignia Cards, Francis J. Vassallo & Associates Group, Seifert Systems Ltd, the P. Cutajar Foundation and the Mdina Local Council.

Special thanks go to all the kind people who have generously donated to the fundraising, all the wonderful volunteers, sponsors and Rachel Galea, Michelle Gialanze and Zoë Hili who donated their works to be sold during the evening.

The Together Couples Group raises €5,160 in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The Together Couples Group raised €5,160 during their annual summer BBQ in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The Charity dinner was held at the Siġġiewi Home. Stefan Sant Portanier, coordinator of the group, thanked all those who attended and the companies that supported the event.

The Together Couples Group is a spiritual Catholic group for couples that aim to find the grace of God in their life, in couple relationships and family life.

Friends of Providence House NSW donate $AUD16,800 to Id-Dar Tal-Providenza

The Friends of Providence House NSW, Australia donated $AUD16,800 (€10,239.53) to Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The cheque was presented to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, during the Volleyball Marathon that was held between the 5th and 7th of July 2019 by Leli Borg brother of Jim Borg, the Coordinator of the Australia philanthropic group. The money was raised by way of sponsorships, functions and donations.

Special thanks go to Breakaway Travel Blacktown, La Vallette Social Centre and to all those who made a donation. The same goes to all the talented Maltese/Australian performers for giving their time during fund-raising events held during the year. Last but not least a big thank you to the Secretary, Marisa Previtera and the Treasurer, Miriam Friggieri who together with Jim Borg form the coordinating team of Friends of Providence House NSW.

€687,795 raised during Volleyball Marathon in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

€687,795 were raised during the 11th edition of the Volleyball Marathon in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza that took place between Friday 5th and Sunday 7th July in the parking lot of the Siġġiewi Home. This sum included that of €378,226 which was collected during a special edition of Xarabank on June 28th on TVM.

Forty young male and female players, coaches, referees, score keepers, medical doctors, physiotherapists and nurses challenged the persisting heat of the day and played fifty-three hours of non-stop Volleyball to raise much needed funds for Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The Marathon was officially inaugurated on Friday by H.E. The President of Malta, Dr George Vella. Present at some time during the Marathon were the Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat and Mrs Michelle Muscat, the Leader of the Opposition Dr Adrian Delia, H.G. the Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Joseph Galea Curmi, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and members of Parliament from both sides of the House as well as Malta’s MEPs. They also spent some time taking phone calls and donations from members of the public.

The Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Fr Martin Micallef, thanked all Maltese and Gozitans for the generosity shown during the Marathon and promised that this generosity will translate in more work to improve the qualilty of life of residents at the Homes.

The Volleyball Marathon was broadcast live during various times on TVM, TVM2, ONE TV and NET TV.

On behalf of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, THANK YOU

Inauguration of 53-hour BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon

The 53-hour BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon for Id-Dar tal-Providenza this year enters into its 11th edition.

The BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon was officially inaugurated earlier this evening by H.E. George Vella, President of Malta who visited the Home and was given a warm welcome by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home and Ms Elvia George, Chief Finance Officer at Bank of Valletta and a board member of the Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Community and Mr Emanuel Zammit, Chairperson of the Marathon’s Organising Committee. Present for the inauguration were also Hon. Anthony Agius Decelis, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing; Dr Clifton Grima, Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisations; Dr Maria Deguara, Shadow Minister for the Rights of People with Disability and Active Ageing; Mr Oliver Scicluna Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Kurtsein Sant, Siġġiewi Mayor.

Fr Martin Micallef started his brief address by underlining that “this marathon rests on pillars that are very dear to us – generosity and sport. The altruistic spirit of everyone involved shines throughout the event, witnessing that the Maltese are always at the forefront when it comes to solidarity.” While thanking all those who will be supporting this fundraising event he stressed that “generosity should also be translated into respect for the dignity and rights of persons with disability. I’m always humbled by the public’s support year after year and I assure you that your support during this marathon will continue to help us enhance the quality of life of the residents.” He thanked H.E. Dr George Vella President of Malta for inaugurating the Marathon, The Marigold Foundation BOV in the Community and Mrs Michelle Muscat for supporting this annual event, the organizing committee, the players, volunteers and sponsors.

Corroborating on Fr Martin’s comments, Elvia George said that, “The Marigold Foundation has worked closely with Id-Dar tal-Providenza since it was first set up, taking over the support previously provided by BOV. The sterling service which the home provides, not only to its residents but also to those individuals who make use of its respite services, requires continuous investment. This is needed not only to provide the required services on a daily basis but also to enhance current facilities and invest in new ones.  Over the past five decades, this Home has remained true to the values of its founding Father and truly provides a family environment to all those who seeks its support.” She concluded by saying that in this, Id-Dar tal-Providenza is aligned with the objectives of the Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Community to make our community better. 

H.E. George Vella expressed his satisfaction at the manner in which the nation comes together to support Id-Dar tal-Providenza, throughout the year, but particularly during this annual event.  He thanked the hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to produce this Marathon.  He also appealed to everyone to empathise with all persons of disability and to improve their quality of life both through time and donations.

The Marathon will run until Sunday 7th July at the grounds of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. In addition to supporting the players who will be playing volleyball, visitors may enjoy some of Malta’s best singers, the Bands of the Armed Forces of Malta, the Police Force, Mro Brown and Spiteri Lucas.  There will also be food stalls and entertainment for children. The Marathon will be aired live on television stations TVM, TVM2, NET TV and One TV.

Contributions to Id-Dar tal-Providenza can be made by calling 51902070 for a €50 donation and 51802013 for a €25 donation. A donation of €6.99 can be made by sending a blank SMS to 50618944. BOV Mobile Pay subscribers may make their donation on 79324834. There is also a pledge line 2146 3686.

Xarabank raises €378,226 for Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On Friday 28 June 2019, the sum €378,226 was collected during the popular TVM programme Xarabank in aid Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The money will be added to the sum being which will be collected during the eleventh edition of the BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon, which will be held between the 5th July and 7th July 2017 at Id-Dar tal-Providenza, in Siġġiewi.

Donation from Grade 5 students of San Anton School to Id-dar tal-Providenza

A group of Grade 5 (Year 4) students presented a cheque of €50 to Ms Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Administrator of Id-Dar tal- Providenza. The sum was raised from their break-time pompom sale. This altruistic initiative was spearheaded by fellow student Nanelle Sammut as the school`s 23rd Way of Giving.

From left: Michaela Zammit, Francesca Curmi, Sofia Grech Ventura, Nanelle Sammut, Ms Nadine Camilleri Cassano, Tom Ellul, Simon Whitehead, Naia Stivala, Lio Brangeon Gaudin.

St Paul Chamber Ensemble donate Concert proceeds to Dar tal-Providenza

The Director of the St Paul Chamber Ensemble, HE Chev. Mro. Mark Agius, together with his assistant Ms Karen Gatt Darmenia presented another donation to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The proceeds came from the Concert of Sacred Music “Angelus”, that was held at the St Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina on the 5th of April 2019.