The Maltese nation generous once again with Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A record sum of €1,275,442 was raised during the New Year’s day Feast of Generosity organised  by 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. Lapsi Road that leads to the Home is seldom this busy. 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 said these funds will enable the Home to continue to provide a better quality of life for its residents.

The first official visitor was Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna who also celebrated Mass in the Home’s chapel. He encouraged all Maltese to continue respecting and defending the rights of persons with disability whilst also being generous towards the Dar tal-Providenza residents. He reminded everyone not to forget what St George Preca used to preach continuously that we need the Lord and there is no better way to do this than to appreciate more the Lord’s prayer.

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, the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Adrian Delia, the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Ageing, Anthony Agius Decelis; Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr Pawl Cremona OP and Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi. Members of Parliament from both sides of the House and representatives of constituted bodies also made it to Siġġiewi during the day and also took time to answer the phones.

€29,487  were raised from the auction of various works of arts kindly donated by ninety-eight Maltese and foreign artists. The auction took place for the first time at the Parliament Building foyer in Valletta. It was held on the Thursday 20th at the end of a seven day long exhibition that was officially inaugurated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr Anġlu Farrugia. Works of art that were not auctioned off were on sale at their original price during the News Year’s Feast of Generosity.

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. TVM2, ONE TV and NET TV took part for long stretches of the 15-hour televised marathon. This included entertainment provided by the top singers and musicians on the island that managed to create a festive family atmosphere under the big tent.

Last-minute preparations for tomorrow’s Feast of Generosity in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Last minute preparations are going on at the car park of id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi for tomorrow’s Feast of Generosity in aid of the Home. The big tent that has been erected, will tomorrow be hosting a musical spectacle featuring the best local talent between 10.00am and midnight. Alongside the entertainment, a number of volunteers will be taking donations from the general public as well as answering the telephones. This fund-raising marathon will be broadcast ‘live’ on TVM2, ONE TV and NET TV. In the hall beside the chapel there will also be for sale various works of art donated by Maltese and foreign artists.

The Feast of Generosity will kick off with a Mass in the Home’s chapel celebrated by H.G. the Archbishop, Mgr Charles J. Scicluna at 9.00am. A number of distinguished personalities will be attending this activity during various times of the day including the President, H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the Hon. Dr Chris Cardona representing the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Dr Adrian Delia as well as the Maltese Bishops.

For the benefit of those attending this activity under the big tent, there will be a park-and-ride service that leaves the road of the old San Niklaw runway. At 7.00pm  there will be another Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Home.

The Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Fr Martin Micallef, is encouraging Maltese and Gozitans to be generous once again with the Home so that it can continue to provide the best for the residents with total respect for their individuality and rights.

Those unable to make the drive to Siġġiewi to make their donations, will be able to use these phone numbers instead.

Donation  €10    –        516 02 012

Donation  €15    –        516 02 013

Donation  €25    –        516 02 214

SMS Donation  €7 –        506 18 922

Pledge Line     –        2146 2759

€2,426.76 from train rides around Siġġiewi

Id-Dar tal-Providenza, with the help of the group Ħbieb tad-Dar, organized a ‘Train Ride’ for kids in St Nicholas Square in Siġġiewi from which €2,426.76 were raised. As in past years, judging from this year’s attendance and enthusiasm of the kids, the activity was an overall success. The train driver had to do twelve rides around the village.

The Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Fr Martin Micallef, thanked the whole team of the group Ħbieb tad-Dar as well as all the helpers. To help creating a festive atmosphere there were not one but two Father Christmases, the Bouncing Castle and face painting. Fr Martin ended by thanking all those, who again this year, made it to the square for the train ride in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza and issued an invitation for next year …… because “the train is already booked.”

Residents of Id-Dar tal-Providenza exchange Christmas greetings with the Bishops of Malta

On Sunday 23 December, a number of residents of Id-Dar tal-Providenza accompanied by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Homes joined others to exchange Christmas greetings with the Bishops of Malta at the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana.

Initiative at the Workplace Awards 2018

The Maintenance Section at Id-Dar tal-Providenza has won the Teambased Initiative at the Workplace Awards 2018 whilst Mary Caruana, Kitchen Supervisor, won the Personal Initiative Award. Also nominated were the Warda Flat (Team) and Anna Marshall, Analisa Cutajar, Rita Vella and Maritess Nava (Personal).

The presentation of these awards was made during a reception for employees that took place on Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at the Limestone Heritage in Siġġiewi.

Mementos were also given to a number of employees. Mario Sciberras, Nicolette Ciappara and Raphaella Saliba on attaining 20 years of service with Id-Dar tal-Providenza whilst Mary Caruana, Mario Balzan, Francis X. Farrugia and Mary Cassar will be retiring soon.

Responsible Gaming Foundation’s workers carry out voluntary work at id-Dar tal-Providenza

A group of workers from different sections working within the Responsible Gaming Foundation spent a full day carrying out voluntary work at id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi.

The employees carried out various tasks such as general cleaning, washing windows and food preparation. The foundation organised the activity with the help of the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme.

The Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Silvio Schembri attended for the event as well where he met with Fr Martin Micallef, Director at Dar tal-Providenza, and also met with the Responsible Gaming Foundation’s staff. He thanked the staff for their healthy initiative and stated the importance of voluntary work in today’s society. Hon. Schembri visited and talked with various workers at Dar tal-Providenza, where he thanked them and Fr Martin Micallef for their precious work with people with disability on a daily routine.

On behalf of the residents, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of id-Dar tal-Providenza, thanked the staff of the Responsible Gaming Foundation for the voluntary work done and reminded everyone about the New Year’s Day fundraising event in aid of Dar tal-Providenza.

On the other hand Mr Shawn Zammit, Head of Operations at the RGF thanked the Parliamentary Secretary Hon. Silvio Schembri for his attendance for this social activity and Fr Micallef for his sterling work in helping person’s with disability.

Mr Speaker inaugurates exhibition of works of art to be auctioned off in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

“The story of Id-Dar tal-Providenza which was founded by Dun Mikiel Azzopardi on September 12th, 1965, although it dates back to fifty-three years ago, is also the story of a people and a nation.” This was said by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Dr Anġlu Farrugia when he officially opened an exhibition of works that will be auctioned off on the 20th of December in the foyer of the Parliament building in Valletta in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The exhibition will be open every day between 9.00am and 8.00pm until the 20th when the auction starts at 7.00pm. Ninety-eight works of art were donated by Maltese and foreign artists. One can view the catalogue online on www.dtpauction.com.

In his welcome speech, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, said that during the three years that the exhibition had been held in the Parliament building, Id-Dar tal-Providenza benefited from around €100,000 from the sale of the works of art. He thanked Mr Speaker for so graciously offering the prestigious foyer to host the exhibits as well as for his accepting to have the auction done also in the foyer.

Another Feast Of Generosity towards Id-Dar Tal-Providenza on New Year’s Day

Details were given on the 23rd edition of the Feast of Generosity that takes place every New Year’s Day. It is organised by primarily to raise funds so that id-Dar tal-Providenza can continue to provide and improve on the services it offers. Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, gave details during a press conference held this morning (Tuesday, 11th December 2018)
Fr Martin explained the four main reasons behind the Feast of Generosity: to meet up with the residents, to see the capital projects, to raise the much needed funds but more importantly to spread the Home’s message that society has to respect persons with disability, treat them with the dignity they deserve and offer them choices and opportunities that everyone has a right to enjoy.

The Feast of Generosity kicks off at 9.00am with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna in the Home’s chapel. Focus will then be on the main stage under the big tent where there will be a spectacle of entertainment and interviews with various personalities who visit the Home during the day.
This year there will be another auction of works of art kindly donated by Maltese and foreign artists as part of the Feast of Generosity but with a new twist. This time around, the auction will take place in the Foyer of the Parliament building in Valletta on Thursday, 20th December at 7.00pm. The public will be able to view beforehand these works of art at an exhibition set up in the same foyer of Parliament or by going into the website www.dtpauction.com.
This exhibition will be officially inaugurated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon. Dr Anġlu Farrugia this Friday, 14th December at 5.00pm and closes with the auction on the 20th. Viewing will be every day between between both dates from 9.00am to 8.00pm. Works of art not auctioned off will be available for sale during the Feast of Generosity on January 1st in Siġġiewi.

The CD Compilation ‘Ħelu Bambin4’, produced and written by Fr George Ocar Buttigieg OFM Conv., may now be acquired for €10 in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Various established Maltese singers contributed their time and talent for this CD compilation that may be had from the main religious bookshops. Arrangements have been made so that the concert launching the CD, which was recorded at Where’s Everybody studios, is broadcast on TVM 2 at 10.00am on Christmas day with a repetition on New Year’s eve at 8.45pm.
For the benefit of those who will be visiting Id-Dar tal-Providenza, there will be a park-and-ride service between 3.00pm and 9.00pm from San Niklaw street, (the old runway). For those unable to make it, the whole telethon, that ends around midnight, will be relayed ‘live’ on the main television stations. Donations may be made at the Home in Siġġiewi or by phone as follows:
€10 Donation – 516 02 012
€15 Donation – 517 02 013
€25 Donation – 518 02 014
SMS €7 Donation – 506 18 922

Mgr Philip Calleja awarded the Premju Dun Mikiel Azzopardi 2018

This year’s Dun Mikiel Azzopardi Award went to Mgr PhIlip Calleja as Id-Dar tal-Providenza’s sign of recognition and appreciation of his work and support of the Siġġiewi Home. After the death of Dun Mikiel in May 1987, Mgr Calleja entrusted by then Archbishop Joseph Mercieca to organise the funeral and to take administer the Home until Mgr Lawrence Gatt was appointed Director.
This was announced by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of id-Dar tal-Providenza, during a concert that took place at the Mdina Cathedral, by the Band of the Armed Forces of Malta under the distinguished patronage of H.E. the President of the Republic, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and H.G. the Archbishop, Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna.
Mgr Calleja was ordained priest on August 2nd, 1953. His first pastoral work was mainly with the children of Valletta. In 1956, then Archbishop Michael Gonzi appointed him as Deputy at the marriages; office at the Curia. It was literally a providential appointment for Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

In Malta, at that time, quite a number of Maltese young ladies got married to members of the British Services. Fr Philip knew all the Chaplains and when it was time for the Services tom let go of their barracks in Siġġiewi, one of them told him that the rest camp was to be transfer4red to Mellieħa. He also told him that if the Malta Church need the land, it should be applied for without delay. With Fr Philip’s initiative talks soon started so that the camp will be taken over by the Malta Catholic Action and, for the first two years, it was used a summer camp for children. In the meantime, action was set in motion for Dun Mikiel Azzopardi to use the place as the base for Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Today, at 90 years, Mgr Philip Calleja is the Archdeacon of the Metropolitan Cathedral and attends regularly Dar l-Emigrant, home of the Malta Emigrants’ Commission to help, in every possible way, those that sought his help.

Earlier, Fr Martin Micallef congratulated the President, Marie Louise Coleiro on her birthday. He emphasised that it was wonderful that in the coming feats of Christmas and New Year, besides buying each other gifts, we also put our hands in our pocket and think of those in our society that need some sort of support to be able to live like first class citizens. Fr Martin added: “The generosity of the Maltese people is a beautiful characteristic that distinguishes us but I beg that we do not help financially out of pity for these persons, but because we genuinely wish them to enjoy a quality of life that respects their dignity as befits everyone. I therefore appeal to all Maltese and Gozitans alike to help as much as we can Id-Dar tal-Providenza, the Malta Community Chest Fund and other organisations that work in the social sector so that we will truly have a just scoiety.”

The main address was made by Alishia Xuereb Jones, a parent of an autistic person. She shared with the audience a few thoughts so that in our country we will have awareness on the condition of autism and how we can give these persons affected by it the support they need so that their rights are safeguarded. More awareness of the rights of persons with disability helps people to drop all prejudices and obtacles that do not guarantee a true integration and equality to these persons.

In a short address, Auxiliary Bishop, Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi congratulated Mgr Phlip Calleja for being honoured with the Mons. Mikiel Azzopardi Award and praised him for his long years of hard work that not only symbolises his character but also epitomised the ongoing commitment of the Maltese Church towards the wellbeing of the needy and the emarginated in our society.

The Band of the Armed Forces of Malta was under the direction of Mro Capt. Jonathan Borg. The musical programme included works by Tobani, Tschaikovsky, Mozart, Arnold & Brown, Bach, Rossi, Hahn, Franck and Jenkins. The AFM Band was accompanied by the Coro Bel Canto.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza gives out the Dun Mikiel Azzopardi Award every year in recognition and appreciation of voluntary work done by persons or organisations with persons with disability in Malta and Gozo. The Award was launched for the first time in 1995 to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. (A list of previous winners of past editions may be seen hereunder).

The concert was organized Id-Dar tal-Providenza with the co-operation of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter.

Concert and launch of Ħelu Bambin CD 4

The CD compilation Ħelu Bambin4, the fourth CD in a series featuring Christmas songs with musical arrangment by Andrew Zammit was recently launched. Production and lyrics are by Fr George Ocar Buttigieg OFM Conv. Various established Maltese singers took part in this CD which can be acquired on a donation of €10 which will go towards Id-Dar tal-Providenza. This CD is available at the main religious bookshops which also have limited supplies CDs 2 and 3.

Arrangements have been made with TVM for the broadcast of the launch concert, that was recorded at Where’s Everybody studios, at 10.00am on Christmas Day with a repeat broadcast on new year’s eve at 8.45pm.

This Ħelu Bambin4 CD Compilation contains no less than twenty Christmas songs. The main aim is to relay the sole message for which we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is all about Baby Jesus and we need to do all we can to eradicate the indifference that exists so that we pass on Christmas to all.