The Volleyball Marathon that got under way on Friday evening is built on two columns – solidarity and sports. This was said by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Povidenza, during the official opening of the 12th edition of the Marathon in aid of the Siġġiewi Home. He said that the altruistic spirit reflected in the number of players and volunteers taking part is nothing but a beautiful picture of the Maltese and Gozitans that could be found on the forefront when it comes to solidarity.
Fr Martin reminded everyone of the appeal made by Pope Francis when he was with us recently. The Pope wanted us to be experts in humanity which is not only reflected in what happens at Dar tal-Providenza, with so many workers and volunteers providing support to the residents with full respect to their dignity and their needs, but it is also reflected in events like the Marathon when you see youths and adults committed to help others in a world that in the same words of Pope Francis many times turns its face the other way.
Fr Martin referred to the last two years when neither the Volleyball Marathon nor so many other fundraising activities could take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we are heading back to normality, this Marathon forefronts the calendar of fundraisers that are so necessary for the Home to continue providing residential services of the highest quality.
Fr Martin encouraged the general public to visit the Siġġiewi car park to support the players who with so much sacrifice are battling the difficult situation created by the very warm temperatures over Malta as well as to donate and help financially Dar tal-Providenza.
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