The President of Malta, Dr George Vella, accompanied by Mrs Vella, paid his first official visit to Id-Dar tal-Providenza and in a short speech to residents and workers he said that in Id-Dar tal-Providenza he sees a living miracle that renews itself every day. He added that gone are the days when persons with disabillity were set aside or not given the attention they deserved. This is something that reflects the progress in our society where persons with disabillity get what they deserve by right and not through charity. The President said that this is something that truly elevates human dignity because every person, even with faults and failings, is in God’s image and deserves the full respect from everyone. Dr Vella ended by thanking all workers and volunteers for their duty and work they are doing on behalf of society.
In his welcome speech, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, congratulated Dr Vella on his appointment to the highest office of the country and said that his presence as well as that of Mrs Vella is not only honour to the Administration, residents and workers but is also a sign, that as with his predecessors, he has the work done at the Home at heart.
Fr Martin said that Id-Dar tal-Providenza is and will remain committed to offer its services to persons with disability as well as being an inspiration to Maltese society of the values that distinguishes us as a nation, that of solidarity and respect for every person from conception to death.
The President and Mrs Vella visited the chapel and the museum dedicated to Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi and later toured the Therapeutic Pool, the Agriculture Centre, the Multisensory rooms and the Music Room. They also took the opportunity to meet some of the employees.
During a luncheon, Fr Martin presented the President with a silver plate with a signed message by Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi.
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