Bazaar in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Grand bazaar in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi  from Friday 6th to Sunday, 8th of October between 9.00am and 4.00pm You can find new and second-hand items like books, clothing, plants, kitchen goods and utensils, decorations, antiques and other useful objects.

See you then.

Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr Paul Cremona OP leads pilgrimage to Lourdes

Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr Paul Cremona OP led a pilgrimage of the sick to Lourdes that comprised of 180 people from Malta part of the annual pilgrimage to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes. The Association of Lourdes Volunteers is the organiser of the pilgrimage and sees that it the group is always accompanied by a medical team.

Mgr Cremona concelebrated mass together with a group of Maltese priests that included the Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Fr Martin Micallef and the founder of the Ħal Far Peace Laboratory, Fr Dijonisju Mintoff.

Gudja Primary School commemorates its 70th anniversary with a €1,750 donation to id-Dar tal-Providenza

€1,750 were donated to id-Dar tal-Providenza during a reunion organised on Friday, 25th August 2023 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Gudja Primary School (1953 – 2023).  Around 300 persons, between ex-students and teachers who attended or worked at the school during the years, attended the reunion.

The Bishop of Gibraltar, Mgr Carmelo Zammit, himself a student in his younger days, concelebrated a thanksgiving mass assisted by Fr Trevor Fairclough and Fr Tony Pace. During his homily, Bishop Zammit said that in its early days the school was already very good.

After the mass a reception followed during which all those present could meet, chat and renew memories with a lot of old friends and teachers.

Photo: Gudja Primary School

Summer BBQ raises €6,630 in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A total of €6,630 was raised by Pierre Vella Petroni and Anne Marie Xuereb in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza during a BBQ for friends held on Friday 4th August 2023. Every year, for the last ten years, Pierre and Anne Marie organised the event and all the monies collected went to the Siġġiewi Home. During the two years of the COVID-19 pandemic the BBQ did not happen however donations were still collected in aid of the Home.

The sum of €6,630 was presented by Pierre Vella Petroni and Anne Marie Xuereb to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, who thanked them for organising the BBQ once again as well as all those who helped out and/or made donations.

The main sponsors for this event were Prime Ltd, C. Camilleri & Sons, Ron Axisa, Welbee’s Naxxar, GSD Co. Ltd, Farsons Direct, Vascas Ent. Ltd, Bristow Potteries, Provita, Rausi & Co and Gordon Portelli of Pitkali Malta.

The Xara Collection raises €51,530 towards Id-Dar tal-Providenza

€51,530 were raised during an evening of art, food, wine and music at the Xara Lodge organised by the Zammit Tabona family, together with the management of the Xara Collection on Wednesday 26th July, 2023. This was the 6th 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.

The amount collected will be big step towards the ambitious project to refurbish four flats at Villa Papa Giovanni in Siġġiewi, a project on which work has already started after being shelved for a couple of years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2017, a total of €197,380 was raised.

In an address of welcome, director Fr Martin Micallef, said Id-Dar tal-Providenza is a non-governmental organization run by the Church in Malta, that has been providing residential services to persons with disabilities since 1968. The Home has always relied on the generosity of its benefactors and the public donations it receives to live up to its mission. He said he was very grateful indeed to the Zammit Tabona family and the Management of the Xara Collection for once again organising this annual gastronomic dinner and also for their continued support to the Siġġiewi Home.

Commenting on the evening, Xara Collection Director, Nicola Paris thanked Fr Martin Micallef, Nadine Camilleri Cassano and all the team at Id-Dar tal-Providenza for their unwavering dedication. 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 who attended on the night, making this event possible.

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed delicious food paired with fine wines, while donating to such a worthy cause. An art exhibition was also held, depicting works by Andrew Borg, Rachel Galea, Lawrence Pavia, Wibke Seifert, Sophie Stilton,  Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Paul Camilleri, Mary de Piro, Carmel Grixti, Roberta Zammit Cutajar, Lisa Hirth and Simon Fenech.  Throughout the night, guests were invited to appreciate the fine pieces of art and from the pieces sold, every artist donated 20% of the sale, totalling €4,470 as proceeds to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The main sponsors of this year’s event were  APS Bank, Seifert Systems, Malta International Airport, the Mimici Foundation, Camilleri Paris Mode, VJ Salomone, Halmann Vella, EY,  PWC, The Point, Conrad Capital London, MVintage, Raico, The Concept Stadium, MUMN, GSD Marketing Ltd and Rupert Agius Pease.


Bishop Emeritus, Mgr Paul Darmanin passes away.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza has extended its condolences for the death of Bishop Emeritus, Mgr Paul Darmanin of the Order of the Capuchin Franciscans at the age of 82 whose  passing away was announced today. He was Bishop of the Garissa Diocese in Kenya between 1984 and 2015 after which he returned to Malta and lived in the Order’s convent in Floriana.

On July 6th 2016, Bishop Darmanin paid a visit to id-Dar tal-Providenza where he met the residents of the Home and prayed on the grave of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi. He celebrated mass at the Home’s chapel and in a short address he expressed his joy of visiting the Home for the first time and sharing for a while the life of those living and working at id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Residents, support workers and volunteers on a pilgrimage to Lourdes

Three residents accompanied by their support workers and volunteers of id‑Dar tal‑Providenza, including Dr George Grech, went on a pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by the Maltese Association for the transportation of the sick to Lourdes. The Maltese group attended mass in Maltese celebrated at the Grotto by the Auxiliary Bishop, Mgr. Joseph Galea‑Curmi and at the International mass celebrated at the St. Pius X Basilica.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza congratulates Dr Roberta Sammut

Id‑Dar tal‑Providenza congratulates Dr Roberta Sammut, member of the board of directors of the Home, for being promoted Associate Professor by the University of Malta.

Volleyball Marathon raises €366,817 in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza

The BOV Volleyball Marathon ended at midnight Sunday but not before raising the sum of €366,817.

Forty players went through fifty-three hours of volleyball that was officially whistled in at six in the evening on Friday by the Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, Julia Portelli and continued non-stop since then.

Fr Martin thanked the people of Malta and Gozo, that once again responded with so much generosity to the call for fundraising for the Home through the Volleyball Marathon. He also thanked the players, the volunteers, members of the organising committee, all the sponsors, the main TV stations that relayed the marathon, singers and bands, the members of the police force and all those that in one way or another helped towards the success of this Marathon.

During the same activity, a group of Slovenian athletes, some of them with disability, participated in the game of sitting volleyball which took place for the first time at the Siġġiewi Home. This activity was made possible thanks to ParaVolleyMalta and the Birkirkara Volley Club. It was emphasised that such activities should promote the fact that sport is really for everyone, whatever the level of ability.

Besides the forty players that were the main protagonists of the Marathon, there were around two hundred volunteers. Every evening there musical entertainment on the main stage, food and drinks and children’s games. The marathon was relayed live on the main local TV stations.

Other sponsors besides BOV, the main sponsor, were Pif Paf, Coca Cola, PwC, Go Plc. and Eurosport.

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna amongst the residents of id-Dar tal-Providenza

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna this morning concelebrated mass at the chapel of id‑Dar tal‑Providenza on the occasion of the 13th edition of the fundraiser Volleyball Marathon which is now nearing the end of its 53‑hour stretch. Assisting the Arcbishop were Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, and Mgr. Charles Cordina, Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia.

In his homily, Archbishop Scicluna referred to sections of today’s readings and said he wanted to provide peace of mind to the parents of all the residents of the homes of id‑Dar tal‑Providenza: “we will take good care of them as a society, as a Church, as administrators and as all Maltese as has been happening and will continue to happen. May it be that we will always cherish the value of welcoming everyone.”

The Volleyball Marathon will end tonight at midnight.