€27,730 raised in Charity Dinner in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Infinitely Xara, owned the Zammit Tabona family, organised a charity dinner in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza under the patronage of H.G. the Archbishop Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna during which €27,730 were raised. The event took place in the historical setting of Misraħ il-Kunsill in Mdina also referred to as Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux Square.

The guests were treated to a delicious four-course gastronomic dinner accompanied by wines and live acoustic music. The dinner, sponsored by Infinitely Xara and a number of companies, was attended by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

A sum of €658,039 was raised in the BOV Volleyball Marathon held at Dar tal-Providenza.

A sum of €658,039 was raised in the BOV Volleyball Marathon held at Dar tal-Providenza. The marathon started on Friday and was inaugurated by H.E. Dolores Cristina Acting President of Malta and came to an end at midnight on Sunday.

Over 300 volunteers provided their support to the marathon, which saw 40 players giving it all to raise the necessary funds for id-Dar tal-Providenza.
The total sum collected includes €355,353 which were collected during Xarabank that was held on Friday 23 June.

Fr Martin Micallef, thanked the Maltese for their constant support to Id-Dar tal-Providenza and its cause. Fr. Martin said that the funds raised are indicative of how much the Maltese love id-Dar Tal-Providenza and reiterated the commitment of offering the highest level of professional services for the residents of the home.

Donation by the Maltese-American Community in the San Francisco Bay, California

On behalf of the Maltese American Community in the San Francisco Bay area, the Maltese Cross Foundation of California presented its annual donation to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

The presentation was made to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Homes by Mrs Mary Borg Smith and her husband Robert of Millbrae California.

Special thanks goes to Mr Louis Vella, President of the Maltese Cross Foundation of California who is also Honorary Consul of Malta in San Francisco.

The BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon 2017 for Dar tal-Providenza officially launched – Volunteers rally for 53 hours of solidarity

The 9th edition of the BOV Volleyball Marathon was officially launched during a press conference today at Id-Dar tal-Providenza. The Marathon will kick off on Friday 30th June 2017 at 18.30 in the car-park of the Home itself, and come to a close at 23.30 on Sunday 2nd July after 53 hours of continuous play.

The press conference was addressed by Ms Michelle Muscat, Chairperson of the Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Community and Father Martin Micallef, Director at Id-Dar tal-Providenza. Ms Elvia George, Chief Finance Officer at Bank of Valletta and Mr Emanuel Zammit Chairperson of the Marathon’s Organising Committee were also present.

On her arrival at the Home, Ms Muscat was given a warm welcome by the residents. She was met by Father Martin Micallef who gave her a short tour of the Home, during which she was also able to visit the aqua therapy pool which was inaugurated in November 2016. Since then, it is being used extensively on a daily basis, as an integral part of the therapy received by the residents.

“Id-Dar tal-Providenza has managed to etch for itself an indelible mark in the heart of each and every one of us. True to the vision of its Founder Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, it continues to provide a family environment for its residents, supporting them in maximising their abilities and participating as fully as possible in society, nowadays even more so through the homes in the community,” said Mrs Muscat. Speaking about the involvement of Marigold Foundation, she said that, “It gives us great satisfaction to support this Marathon that not only raises funds for an important cause, but also sees hundreds of volunteers rallying their support to ensure that it continues to deliver on its purpose, ensuring our society is as inclusive as possible for these residents.”

Thanking the Foundation and Bank of Valletta for their continuous support, Father Martin explained that, “It is indeed a privilege to be at the helm of a Home that continues to live on the Providence of society, just like its Founder envisaged more than 50 years ago.” Speaking about the challenges, Father Martin said that the daily running cost for the Home amounts to €12,000 “Id-Dar tal-Providenza is the home for 114 residents of different ages, ranging from 5 to 85. In addition, we offer respite services to families who take care of persons with disabilities. In addition to the carers who see to the day-to-day needs of our residents, the Home needs to provide occupational therapists and physiotherapists for the residents. The aqua therapy pool, for instance, was a major milestone, that is making an important difference in the lives of our residents. It is not easy to keep this Home running whilst upgrading our services. However it is a challenge worth taking, because it translates into a better quality of life for these individuals.”

Ms Elvia George said, “At Bank of Valletta, we are delighted to renew our support to this annual fundraising event through the Foundation. We are confident that the public in general will respond keenly, as it has always done.” She highlighted that the Home is synonymous with the loving and caring family environment as well as the individual attention it provides to the residents. “Thus, at Bank of Valletta, we are pleased to be able to contribute towards sustaining the efforts of this NGO.”

In his intervention, Mr Zammit gave an overview of the preparatory work involved in the build-up towards the volleyball marathon. “Over 200 volunteers will be working round the clock next weekend to ensure that this event is a success.” He invited the members of the public to visit the Home during the marathon weekend to give their support to the players who will be playing non-stop in the sweltering heat. The marathon will be broadcasted live over the main TV stations, however the public is encouraged to visit the Home where there will be live entertainment, food stalls as well as a children’s area over the weekend.

The BOV Marigold Volleyball Marathon will kick off on Friday 30th June at 18.30. It will be inaugurated by the Acting President of Malta, Ms Dolores Cristina.

Contributions can be made by calling 51702012 for a €15 donation and 51802013 for a €25 donation. A donation of €6.99 can be made by sending a blank SMS to 50618944. BOV Mobile Pay subscribers may also make their donation to the following number 79324834.

Commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, the founder of “the oasis of Christian charity”

Catholic Action members, residents and friends of Id-Dar tal-Providenza attended a Eucharistic Celebration at the Home’s chapel to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Mons Mikiel Azzopardi. Dun Mikiel, as he was popularly referred to, was born in Valletta on February 10th, 1910 and died on May 13th, 1987. This Catholic Action initiative started eight years ago and has since become an annual event.

In a short message from Prague, where Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, is taking part in a European meeting on the pastoral work with deaf persons, appealed for more prayers so that the Lord would continue to bless the work being done at the Home as well as for the beatification and canonisation process of Mgr Azzopardi so that we might finally have the miracle to confirm the holiness of this priest, a huge benefactor of the Maltese society. Fr Martin said that Malta and Gozo are forever grateful towards the Malta Catholic Action that created what Dun Mikiel used to love to refer to as the oasis of Christian charity.

The eucharistic celebration was led by Fr Reuben Gauci, Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Catholic Action Youth Movement ŻAK. In his homily, Fr Reuben referred to Dun Mikiel as the one who used to look at each and every person with great love when he was in the education sector, then in the Malta Catholic Action (MCA) and later at Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

At the end of the celebration, Josef Debono, the President of the MCA addressed the congregation and described Id-Dar tal-Providenza as the social soul of Malta.

Those present then gathered around Dun Mikiel’s grave for a moment of reflection and prayer.
Next year, Id-Dar tal-Providenza will be commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of when on the 11th January 1968, Villa Mons Gonzi welcomed its first residents as well as the fiftieth anniversary since the Sisters of Charity started giving their invaluable service to the residents of the Home.

Malta represented in a Catholic European meeting for Deaf Persons

A Maltese delegation made up of Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Mr Natalino Psaila, a deaf person, and Mrs Rita Portelli, interpreter of the Maltese Sign Language, took part in the second Catholic European meeting for Deaf persons that took place in the city of Prague in the Czech Republic. This bi-annual meeting is meant for representatives of the Catholic Church in European countries, who are involved in pastoral work with Deaf persons, to meet up and share experiences, projects as well as difficulties encountered with in their respective countries.

The meeting was officially opened by H.E. Mgr Dominik Jaroslav Duka O.P., Cardinal of Prague, who also celebrated mass for all the participants in St Vitu’s Cathedral.

During the meeting, the Maltese representatives had the opportunity to share the experiences of the Malta Diocese with Deaf Persons amongst which are the setting up of a Deaf Ministry Team, a Saturday evening mass in the chapel of the University of Malta interpreted with the Maltese Sign Language, an interpretation service for those preparing for the Sacraments, new resources such as the readings of the Liturgy of the Word and other prayers in the Maltese Sign Language that one can easily access on You Tube or the Laikos Website.

Other countries taking part besides the Czech Republic and Malta were Poland, Italy, Holland, Ireland, the Ukraine, Spain, France, Germany, Slovenia and Hungary.

Poland was chosen to host the third European meeting that will take place in 2019.

On behalf of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, THANK YOU

Id-Dar tal-Providenza and the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at December 13th Road in Marsa

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, led a Eucharistic Celebration at the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto at December 13th Road in Marsa. Also taking part were the Marsa parish priests of the Holy Trinity and Maria Reġina parishes. This is an annual event that started in 1981 when Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, founder of the Siġġiewi Home, celebrated the first Mass at the grotto in a year that was dedicated to persons with disability.

At the end of the ceremony, Fr Martin was presented with a donation of €2,088 by Mr Joseph Vella, curator of the grotto together with his son Mario and other volunteers.

€1,645 raised during Band march in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On the tenth Anniversary of the Canonisation of San Ġorġ Preca, the Għaqda Mużikali San Gejtanu of Ħamrun organised a band march along the main street of Ħamrun in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza for which all band clubs in Malta have been invited to participate. An appreciable number of Maltese band clubs did take part in this philantropic initiative that began with a Eucharistic Celebration at the Miraculous Medal Chapel where remains of St George Preca, the first Maltese saint, are to be found.

At the end of the band march aptly titled March for Providence, various donations were made to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, by representaives of the participating bands as well as by civic and political organisations of Ħamrun to raise the nice sum of €1,645. The President of the Għaqda Mużikali of Ħamrun, Mr Anselm Sciberras, thanked all the bandsmen who played for free in this initiative which, he said will become an annual event.

Fr Martin Micallef joined the Club President in thanking all those that took part and said that initiatives like this fill the administrators of Id-Dar tal-Providenza with hope that it can continue to provide a service of the highest quality to the residents of the Home

€2920 raised during The Two Islands Challenge in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On Friday, 31st March, the Groups “Experience Adventure and More” and “Camini…amo 2017” managed to raise €2,920 during a 45-kilometre walk that started off from in front of the Għarb parish church on to Mġarr harbour in Gozo and then took off again in Ċirkewwa towards the Birżebbuġa parish church in the south of Malta.

146 participants from Malta and Gozo enjoyed walking in a beautiful, sunny day to raise funds in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. This was the fourth edition of this annual challenge.

The organisers and Id-Dar tal-Providenza thank all the participants that walked the distance as well as the the companies that supported the fund raising initiative amongst which were Maltapost plc, Custo Coaches, V. Spiteri & Sons Ltd, General Soft Drinks Ltd., Go & Fun, Greens Supermarket and Easy Dry Malta.

Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi for Mgr Lawrence Gatt, ex-Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Id-Dar tal-Providenza wishes to express its satisfaction as well as its appreciation that Mgr Lawrence Gatt, ex-Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, was presented with the Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi by the Siġġiewi Local Council. Mgr Gatt just turned 80 and was Director of the Home for a full 22 years between 1978 and 2009. Currently he is the Chancellor of the Maltese Curia.

The presentation ceremony took place on Sunday 5th March 2017 at Id-Dar tal-Providenza under the Distinguished Patronage of Dr Louis Galea following a thanksgiving Mass at the Home’s Chapel and was held on the occasion of Jum is-Siġġiewi.

Whilst Mgr Gatt was Director of the Home, Villa Papa Luciani was inaugurated, Dar Żerniq opened its doors in the community of Siġġiewi and Villa Monsinjur Gonzi was rebuilt from scratch. Other refurbishing works were undertaken on existing facilities and structures.

Also under his watch, apart from improved support for the residents and respite services, the residents with intellectual disabilities started getting support to grow in their faith through symbolic catechesis with the support of the Glasgow based Agency SPRED (SPecial REligious Development).

Together with Mgr Lawrence Gatt Prof Albert Fenech, Sr Adele Baldacchino, Mr Joe Aquilina and Mro Euchar Gravina were also apresented the Onorifiċenza Mertu Siġġiewi.