A night of food, wine, art and a €37,440 donation towards Id-Dar tal-Providenza

€37,440 were raised during a starry evening organised by he Zammit Tabona Family, together with the management of the Xara Collection on Wednesday 13th July, 2022 on the outdoor patio of the Xara Lodge. This was the 5th edition of the dinner in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza, held under the distinguished patronage of the Auxiliary Bishop of Malta, Mgr Joseph Galea-Curmi.

 

Since 2017, a total of €153,160 was raised and it will be big step towards the start of an  ambitious project to refurbish four flats at Villa Papa Giovanni in Siġġiewi, a project which had to be shelved for the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, referred to these last two and a half years dominated by the pandemic and said that they have not been easy to organisations like Id-Dar tal-Providenza who offer support services to people in need.  But in spite of all the problems encountered to keep the residents and staff safe, everything was done to ease as much as humanly possible the effects of isolation the residents had to go through during this difficult period.  Financially it was not easy as well.

Fr Martin said that most of the fundraising events had to be cancelled but God’s providence always intervenes. He said :  ‘miraculously, and I mean what I’m saying, we managed to continue offering our services to the residents who live in our homes.’

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed delicious food paired with fine wines, while donating to such a worthy cause. This year the event focused on celebration and gratitude. Celebration that despite the odds and obstacles that were faced, guests were once again brought together to enjoy the evening. Gratitude to all those who gave their support to make the event a success.

 

An Art Exhibition was held, depicting works from Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Wibke Seifert, Rachel Galea, Andrew Borg, Debbie Bonello, Anna Galea, Mary de Piro and Lucille Cramwell.  Throughout the night, guests were invited to appreciate the fine pieces of art, and those interested enough were able to purchase their preferred artwork. From the pieces sold, every artist donated 20% of the sale, as proceeds to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

 

Commenting on the evening, Director Nicola Paris thanked Fr Martin Micallef, Nadine Camilleri Cassano and all the team at Id-Dar tal-Providenza for their support and for the miracles that happen there. She also thanked the companies that have very generously donated the prizes for the evening, and those that have offered their support for logistics, and of course the main sponsors as well as all the team from the Xara Collection, together with every one of who attended on the night, making this event possible.

 

The main sponsors of this year’s event were  PWC, FJ Vassallo & Associates,  Seifert Systems, Tignè Point, Malta International Airport, VJ Salomone, EY, Halmann, APS Bank, Concept Stadium, Mc Colloch & Pease, Camilleri Paris Mode, Neofarma, Raico, and the Gasan Foundation.

 

Together with the main partners, various other companies helped out: Farsons and Marsovin, for sponsoring the wines, Charles Grech & Co for the water, Frutti di Mare, Macbake and Jimmy Vella for the produce, Alistair for flowers, L’Occitane for the gifts, and Ir-Russu and friends for the entertainment, as well as a number of others who donated prizes for the raffle.

Two Dar tal-Providenza residents part of Lourdes pilgrimage

Dar tal-Providenza residents Carmela Vassallo and Edward Zammit accompanied by their support workers joined Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna in a pilgrimage for the sick to Lourdes organised the Maltese Organisation for the Transport of the Sick to Lourdes (UMTAL), The Archbishop was accompanied by Fr Joseph Mizzi, spiritual director of UMTAL and Fr Martin Micallef, director of the Siġġiewi Home.

180 persons took part in the pilgrimage, that was the 90th one by UMTAL. 55 were patients, 65 pilgrim goers and 60 volonteers that included doctors, nurses and chemists. As oart of the pilgrimage, the Maltese group attended various religious functions, amongst them a maa in Maltese at the Grotto, Eucharistic Adoration and the Aux Flambeau evening procession.

€519,721 raised from Marathon of Solidarity and Sport in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

The 12th Edition of the Volleyball Marathon that got under way on Friday was over at midnight on Sunday but not before the sum of €519,721 was raised.  The players went through 53 hours of volleyball challenged by the high temperatures that enveloped the Maltese islands. They can now rest fully satisfied that the Maltese public has shown its solidarity with Dar tal-Providenza.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, was right when he said that this marathon was indeed a marathon of solidarity and sport. He said that the altruistic spirit reflected in the number of players and volunteers taking part was nothing but a beautiful picture of the Maltese and Gozitans that could be found on the forefront when it comes to solidarity.

He 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 opened the calendar of fundraisers that are so necessary for the Home to continue providing residential services of the highest quality.

During the official start of the Volleyball Marathon on Friday evening, the President of Malta, Dott. George Vella mentioned the work done every day by Dar tal-Providenza that is still doing this with the same energy and determination of its founder Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi. The President said that the marathon is an occasion in which the Maltese nation unites as one so that with its donations it provides the residents of the Siġġiewi Home with all that they need for the best quality of life which is, after all, their right.

On Sunday morning, Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi concelebrated Mass with Fr Martin in the Home’s chapel. In his homily, he said that the Home is a celebration of love and endearment with a strong message for all. He mentioned three aspects of this message the first one being the acceptance of life from its conception without anyone deciding whether it should be allowed to live or to be discarded. The second celebration is that of inclusion where every human being feels fully part of society and lastly a celebration of solidarity with persons of disability who are in dire need of support. All these are synonymous with the Dar tal-Providenza founded by Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi 57 years ago.

Besides the 40 players who were the main protagonists of the marathon, there were around 200 volunteers helping out during the event. Every evening there was musical entertainment on the main stage, food stalls and games for kids. The Marathon was broadcast live at various times on the main local TV stations.

Dar tal-Providenza: A celebration of love and endearment.

 

Photo: Ian Noel Pace

Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Joseph Galea-Curmi this morning celebrated mass from the chapel at Dar tal-Providenza. He said that the Home is a celebration of love and endearment with a strong message for all. He mentioned three aspects of this message the first one being the acceptance of life from its conception without anyone deciding whether it should be allowed to live or to be discarded. The second celebration is that of inclusion where every human being feels fully part of society and lastly a celebration of solidarity with persons of disability who are in dire need of support. All these are synonymous with the Dar tal-Providenza founded by Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi 57 years ago.

Bishop Galea-Curmi pointed out that we should always be an instrument of peace rather than strife and and we relay the love of God to others. He prayed that there will be many workers in the field of the Lord who will respond to his call and spread the Good News with lots of love, gentleness, compassion and always with great respect towards life and the dignity of all.

The mass, assisted also by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, was attended by residents, support workers and employees.

Prior to the mass Bishop Galea-Curmi met and chatted with the players taking part in the Volleyball Marathon in aid of Dar tal-Providenza that got under way Friday evening and will end tonight at midnight.

The public may make a donation by calling the following listed phone numbers, by using the BOV Mobile Banking or PayPal or by using the Home’s online banking accounts with APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombard Bank and BNF Bank. For more information kindly visit the Home’s website : www.sabihlitaghti.org.

€10         5160 2011

€15         5170 2012

€25         5180 2013

€50         5190 2070

€100       5130 2044

Pledge Line: 2146 3686

BOV Mobile  7932 4834

 

A marathon of Volleyball, Solidarity and Sport

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.

 

The Volleyball Marathon in aid of Dar tal-Providenza gets under way.

The President of Malta, H.E. Dott George Vella accompanied by Mrs Vella on Friday night inaugurated the 12th edition of the Volleyball Marathon that was absent for two years due the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a short address he mentioned the work done every day by Dar tal-Providenza that is still doing this with the same energy and determination of its founder Mgr. Mikiel Azzopardi. He congratulated the 40 players that for 53 long hours until midnight on Sunday will be challenging the high temperatures affecting the marathon.

The President said that this is an occasion in which the Maltese nation unites as one so that with its donations it provides the residents of Dar tal-Providenza with all thay they need for the best quality of life which is, after all, their right.

Also present were the Minister for Education, Sport, Youth, Research and Innovation,Mr Clifton Grima, Ms Graziella Galea, the Opposition spokesperson for Education and Sport and Ms Nancy Camilleri, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights.

 

Every night till Sunday night there will be entertainment provided on the main stage, food stalls and games for kids. The Marathon is being broadcast live on the main local stations as well as on the Home’s electronic site and Facebook page. Besides the 40 protagonist players of the Marathon there are around 200 Volunteers helping out during the event. The public may make a donation by calling the following listed phone numbers, by using the BOV Mobile Banking or PayPal or by using the Home’s online banking accounts with APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombard Bank and BNF Bank. For more information kindly visit the Home’s website : www.sabihlitaghti.org.

€10         5160 2011

€15         5170 2012

€25         5180 2013

€50         5190 2070

€100       5130 2044

Pledge Line: 2146 3686

BOV Mobile  7932 4834

Volleyball Marathon 2022

After an absence of two years due to the pandemic, Dar tal-Providenza is this year bringing back the Volleyball Marathon in aid of the Home. This was announced by Fr Martin Micallef, director of Dar tal-Providenza, during a press briefing during which details of the 12th edition of the Marathon were given.

The Marathon is once again taking place at the Home’s carpark in Siġġiewi between Friday, 1st July and Sunday, 3rd July, 2022. The President of Malta, H.E. Dr George Vella will officially inaugurate the games on Friday at 6.00pm. 40 players spread between 5 teams will be playing volleyball for a total of 53 hours until midnight on Sunday. Every evening there will be musical entertainment on the main stage, food stalls and games for kids. The Marathon will also be broadcast live on the main local TV stations as well as on the website and Facebook page of Dar tal-Providenza.

Fr Martin referred to the COVID-19 pandemic and said that these were difficult times indeed but, in spite of all this, everything was done to ease as much as humanly possible the effects of isolation the residents had to go through. He said that in the last two years most of the fundraising events became inexistent and now that we are back to normality, this Marathon is headlining the calendar of fundraising events that are so necessary for the Home to continue offering residential services of the highest quality.

Fr Martin also announced that the next few months will see the beginning of an ambitious renovation project involving four flats in Villa Papa Giovanni in Siġġiewi, a project that had to be shelved because of the pandemic. He encouraged the Maltese public to drop by at the carpark to support the players, who during this Marathon will be making huge personal sacrifices, and to also help Dar tal-Providenza by making a donation.

Emmanuel Zammit, the Chairperson of the Volleyball Marathon committee, said that besides the 40 players who will be the main protagonists of this Marathon, there will be another 200 volunteers helping out during the event. He thanked all the sponsors especially Bank of Valletta, the main sponsor of the Marathon, the local TV stations who will be relaying the event and all those who in one way or another will be seeing that the Marathon is a success.

The public may make a donation by calling the following listed phone numbers, by using the BOV Mobile Banking or PayPal or by using the Home’s online banking accounts with APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombard Bank and BNF Bank. For more information kindly visit our website : www.sabihlitaghti.org.

€10         5160 2011

€15         5170 2012

€25         5180 2013

€50         5190 2070

€100       5130 2044

Pledge Line: 2146 3686

BOV Mobile  7932 4834

Government and Dar tal-Providenza renew financial agreement for Dar Akkwarell.

Photo: DOI Jason Borg

Government and Dar tal-Providenza have signed a €350,000 agreement spread over three years for the daily operation of Dar Akkwarell in Qawra. An agreement that the Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, Julia Farrugia Portelli described as the seal of the excellent relations existing between Government and the Home.

The Director of Dar tal-Providenza, Fr Martin Micallef said that this agreement renewal is an assurance for persons with disability to have an opportunity to live independlty as much as possible.

The CEO of Aġenzija Sapport, Oliver Scicluna said that this agreement confirms the close relationship there is between Government and the Siġġiewi Home that provides support to so many persons with disability and sees that they too have a voice.

The agreement was signed by Mrs Nancy Caruana, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry, Mr Oliver Scicluna for Aġenzija Sapport and Fr Martin Micallef for Dar tal-Providenza.

Dar Akkwarell was officially opened on November 22nd 2012 by the Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr, Pawl Cremona OP. Its residents are persons with physical disabilities and they have all the support they need, It is one of four homes in the communities of Siġġiewi, Birkirkara and Żurrieq. Another home is expected to open its doors in Balluta in the next few months.

 

Apex Group employees volunteer their time at Dar tal-Providenza.

On Saturday, 21st May 2022, a sizeable number of employees of Apex Group spent half a day helping out at Dar tal-Providenza. Some of them helped in the kitchen, others in the laundry whilst others washed the corridor windows.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza, also thanked the Apex Group and their employees for their generous donation of €1,000 together with other items  useful to the Home. He praised their commitment and  show of solidarity by helping out with chores that are ongoing at the Home and for which every helping hand is appreciated.

The Apex Group is an international company in the financial sector. They have been operating in Malta for the last 14 years and have 130 workers in their employment.

Well done Krisstian and Ivan

Id-Dar tal-Providenza congratulates Krisstian Gregory and Ivan Mangion, residents at Id-Dar for their success in swimming during the Special Olympics Invitational Games 2022 held in Malta.  Krisstian won a gold medal while Ivan won silver. During the Special Olympics, 192 Maltese athletes won a medal out of which 65 were gold, 60 silver and 67 bronze. Krisstian and Ivan were  among the 17 Maltese athletes who won a medal in swimming.