Details were given on the 24th edition of the Feast of Generosity that takes place every New Year’s Day. It is organised 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, 17th December 2019)
Fr Martin announced that Id-Dar tal-Providenza made the important step to get the necessary licence for the operation of every home it has as requested of it by the Social Care Standards Authority (SCSA) that was set up by a Legal Act last year. By having this licence, Id-Dar tal-Providenza shows its commitment lo protect and improve on the dignity, security and social care of its residents and of all those that use its services. The Home is also registered with the Office of thhe Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (VO 1066) so that the general public will be assured that the Home operates in a transparent and fully accountable way.
As to projects planned for next year, Fr Martin mentioned the opening of a new home in the community of Balluta; the refurbishment and installation of a new lift at Dar Żerniq in Siġġiewi; refurbishment of the four flats in Villa Papa Giovanni and a specialised training course for management and staff by a foreign professional on “Difficult Behaviours”.
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. Under the big tent, there will be volunteersw to receive donations from the public. All visitors to the Home will be given a receipt for every donation made.
On the occasion of the year when the Church will be commemorating the hundred anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, during the day in the chapel there will be a relic with a piece of gauze with the Saint’s blood of when he was shot in St Peter’s Square by Mehmet Ali Ağca on May 13th, 1981. This relic was donated to the Home by a Maltese nun that assisted the Pope when he was recovering at the Policlinico Gemelli.
The live auction of works of art kindly donated by Maltese and foreign artists that was going to take place later on this week at the foyer of the Parliament of Malta in Valletta, has been postponed for April of next year. However, during the Feast of Generosity on New Year’s day, the public will still have the opportunity to see the works of art that will be exhibited in the main hall of the Home.
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