Another ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ towards Id-Dar Tal-Providenza on New Year’s Day

This New Year’s day ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ will be held very differently in order to safeguard the safety of its residents and workers but because of the COVID-19 pandemic is the most important one ever organised. In order to be in line with the directives issued by the Health authorities the event will be broadcast from the We studios in Qormi. Only those answering the telephones and invited guests will be allowed in. As in the past, ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ will be aired on local TV stations between noon and midnight. At 9.30am, TVM2 will broadcast a live Mass from the Home’s chapel which will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

Details were given on the 25th edition of the Feast of Generosity which is organised primarily to raise funds so that id-Dar tal-Providenza can continue to provide and improve on the services it offers. Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, the Home’s administrator and Mr Jesmond Saliba, Board member gave the details during a press conference held this morning (Tuesday, 1st December 2020).

From a financial aspect since March of this year all planned fund-raising activities were cancelled including the Volleyball Marathon and various concerts. Special family occasions like anniversaries and birthdays used to be organised by way of lunches, dinners or receptions were guests were invited to donate money for Dar tal-Providenza instead of buying gifts. These obviously could not happen and the loss of income from such occasions meant financial loss for the Home. However, a big thank you goes to all those that despite the pandemic situation still made such donations to the Home.

To continue improving the quality of life of its residents as well as the services it offers, Dar tal-Providenza invests every year in human resources, purchasing of new equipment, maintenance work as well as capital projects to continue introducing more homes in the community. Despite the financial limitations, the Home did not put a hold on certain projects and other initiatives.
Dar tal-Providenza had to bear unexpected expenses that amounted to around $90,000 becase of contingency measures that had to be taken to safeguard the health and safety of its residents and workers. Notwithstanding the pandemic restrictions every effort was made to see that the life of residents would be as positive as possible.

On January 1st, the public wishing to make a donation will be able to do so by using the telephone numbers that appear on the TV screens. Those who prefer to make a pledge will also be able to call on a special number and make their pledge for the amount they wish to. Later they can send in their donations online or by mail.

As from today until January 1st, one can make a donation by using the various facilities outlined hereunder. All donations between now and the new year will be included in the final tally at the end of the marathon.
€10 51602012
€15 51702013
€25 51802014
€50 51902085
SMS €7 50618922
BOV Mobile 79324834

Paypal or bank accounts that Dar tal-Providenza has with the main Banks: APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombark Bank, BNF Bank.
One can also make a donation by cheque and send it to Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Lapsi Road, Siġġiewi SGW2822.

Dar tal-Providenza offers residential services to 115 persons with disability in an environment that respects their rights and dignity. They live in three residencies in the Siġġiewi Home and in the community homes: ’Żerniq’ in Siġġiewi, ’Akkwarell’ in Qawra, ‘Dar Pirotta’ in Birkirkara and ‘Shalom’ in Żurrieq.

Another ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ towards Id-Dar Tal-Providenza on New Year’s Day

This New Year’s day ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ will be held very differently in order to safeguard the safety of its residents and workers but because of the COVID-19 pandemic is the most important one ever organised. In order to be in line with the directives issued by the Health authorities the event will be broadcast from the We studios in Qormi. Only those answering the telephones and invited guests will be allowed in. As in the past, ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ will be aired on local TV stations between noon and midnight. At 9.30am, TVM2 will broadcast a live Mass from the Home’s chapel which will be celebrated by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

Details were given on the 25th edition of the Feast of Generosity which is organised primarily to raise funds so that id-Dar tal-Providenza can continue to provide and improve on the services it offers. Mrs Nadine Camilleri Cassano, the Home’s administrator and Mr Jesmond Saliba, Board member gave the details during a press conference held this morning (Tuesday, 1st December 2020).

From a financial aspect since March of this year all planned fund-raising activities were cancelled including the Volleyball Marathon and various concerts. Special family occasions like anniversaries and birthdays used to be organised by way of lunches, dinners or receptions were guests were invited to donate money for Dar tal-Providenza instead of buying gifts. These obviously could not happen and the loss of income from such occasions meant financial loss for the Home. However, a big thank you goes to all those that despite the pandemic situation still made such donations to the Home.

To continue improving the quality of life of its residents as well as the services it offers, Dar tal-Providenza invests every year in human resources, purchasing of new equipment, maintenance work as well as capital projects to continue introducing more homes in the community. Despite the financial limitations, the Home did not put a hold on certain projects and other initiatives.

Dar tal-Providenza had to bear unexpected expenses that amounted to around $90,000 becase of contingency measures that had to be taken to safeguard the health and safety of its residents and workers. Notwithstanding the pandemic restrictions every effort was made to see that the life of residents would be as positive as possible.

On January 1st, the public wishing to make a donation will be able to do so by using the telephone numbers that appear on the TV screens. Those who prefer to make a pledge will also be able to call on a special number and make their pledge for the amount they wish to. Later they can send in their donations online or by mail.

As from today until January 1st, one can make a donation by using the various facilities outlined hereunder. All donations between now and the new year will be included in the final tally at the end of the marathon.

€10 51602012

€15 51702013

€25 51802014

€50 51902085

SMS €7 50618922

BOV Mobile 79324834

Paypal or bank accounts that Dar tal-Providenza has with the main Banks: APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombark Bank, BNF Bank.

One can also make a donation by cheque and sende it to Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Lapsi Road, Siġġiewi SGW2822.

Dar tal-Providenza offers residential services to 115 persons with disability in an environment that respects their rights and dignity. They live in three residencies in the Siġġiewi Home and in the community homes: ’Żerniq’ in Siġġiewi, ’Akkwarell’ in Qawra, ‘Dar Pirotta’ in Birkirkara and ‘Shalom’ in Żurrieq.

“Be a providence for someone else” – Fr Martin on his birthday

“On my birthday I want to thank God for the gift of life and the numerous graces he gave me during my life. I was brought up in a family with good values, He called me to serve him as a priest, met a lot of people who were an inspiration to me and received from them a lot of love. This year I thank Him in a special way for the healing of cancer.

The nicest gift you can give me for my birthday this year is that any one who can goes to donate blood at the National Blood Transfusion Centre in Gwardamanġa. When I was receiving treatment I needed three bags of blood. In actual fact, more than 30% of blood transfusions are done to patients at the oncology and hematology units. Cancer patient treatments may spread over a few years and, amongst others, this includes transfusions of various blood forms. I now know from personal experience what a difference one blood bag can make on the road to recovery from cancer. I also know that right now there is an urgent need of blood. Please don’t think twice and donate blood.

Donating your blood to someone you don’t even know who he or she is is a huge noble gesture. I thank those persons who anonymously gave me blood. The Lord will repay you hundredfold for your act of charity. Donating blood is also a sign of God’s providence. Be a providence for someone else.”

AD MULTOS ANNOS Fr Martin

Dar tal-Providenza bids a final farewell to Fr Lino Cardona SJ

Dar tal-Providenza bids a final farewell to Fr Lino Cardona SJ who has today joined his precious Lord in Heaven at the age of 76.

Fr Lino has been giving his service at Dar tal-Providenza since the summer of 1975 when Dun Mikiel Azzopardi, the founder of the Home, asked him to replace him so that he can go on a short holiday in August. Since then Fr Lino never missed saying mass at Dar tal-Providenza’s chapel every Wednesday and Sunday and also helped out wherever necessary. In 2011, Dar tal-Providenza awarded him the Premju Dun Mikiel in recognition of his voluntrary work at the Home. He was quite close to Dun Mikiel in the final days of his life and had an active part in his funeral and burial arrangements.

Last September, Fr Lino was interviewed on 103FM on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Home and he recounted once again the story of how Dun Mikiel Azzopardi, the founder of the Home, was given the first generous donation that was the beginning of Dar tal-Providenza. He said that Dun Mikiel used to describe this first donation as a miracle that kept repeating itself. Fr Lino said that recalled Dun Mikiel describing the first donation as the “first miracle.” He ended his interview by saying that a lot of people benefitted since the Dar tal-Providenza opened its doors and as far as he was concerned the Home is a treasure of the Church in Malta.

We offer our sincere condolences to his brothers of the Jesuit Community in Malta as well as to his relatives.

Lord, grant him eternal rest.

“Id-Dar tal-Providenza goes Disney”

Id-Dar tal-Providenza has organised a stage activity entitled “Id-Dar tal-Providenza Goes Disney” for its residents. The production, based around various Disney characters, was staged between the 19th and 22nd October 2020. In spite of the present situation we are living in, the producers adopted all the protocols outlined by the Health Authorities and under their guidance staged the show on four different days so that residents of the flats stayed in their own bubble without having to mix with others.

The residents certainly appreciated this activity and enjoyed the production that some of the employees of Dar tal-Providenza prepared for them even under these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Id-Dar tal-Providenza Goes Disney”, was a great experience organised by the Home’s Ability Promoters directed by David Muscat with the help of Loralie Scerri under the supervision of Margaret Vella, together with the Physiotherapy Section. They all showed their singing and animation talents for the benefit of the Home’s residents.

We gratefully thank all those who gave their huge support to this activity especially the companies Louie Noir Academy and Cheeramigos Animation Group who provided the costumes as well as Audio System that provided the LED screens.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza 2021 Diary being distributed

The pocket diary of Id-Dar tal-Providenza for 2021 is presently being distributed by Maltapost in every household in Malta and Gozo. This diary, with its information that is useful throughout the whole year, provides an opportunity for a show of solidarity with the Home that offers residency with the right environment to one hundred and fifteen persons with disability so that they can foster their personal growth to the fullest. This commitment is being made harder by the COVID-10 pandemic which has taken the world not least Malta.
As in previous years, the diary includes the very useful timetable for daily and Sunday masses in all churches in Malta and Gozo and a detailed calendar. A list highlighting all the parish feasts in these islands for 2021 is also included. The coloured photo of Is-Salib tal-Għolja on the front page is by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Siġġiewi Home.
Those who know that the diary being has been distributed in their street but have not received it are kindly requested to call reception at Id-Dar tal-Providenza on 21462844 or email on info@dartalprovidenza.org.
GasanMamo Insurance and MAPFRE MSV Life sponsored the printing of the diary whilst Maltapost has again agreed to distribute the diaries free of charge.

“Dar tal-Providenza a monument of mercy”

During a Thanksgiving Mass on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the founding of Dar tal-Providenza, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna decribed the Siġġiewi Home as a “monument of mercy”. He added that its founder, Dun Mikiel, greeted the first residents at the Home mercifully not because they were pitiful but because he wanted the loving care for the residents to mirror the loving care that God has for mankind.

It was on the 12th September 1965 that Dun Mikiel, had shared with his programme listeners on Rediffusion his desire to open the first residential home in Malta for persons with disability. Later that evening a lady met up with him and gave him the first donation to kickstart the realisation of his dream in a concrete way which in fact he went on to do. Dun Mikiel fixed this date as the Foundation Day of Id-Dar tal-Providenza which then opened its doors on February 11th 1968.

This anniversary, of fifty-five years of a labour of love, dedication and service for persons with disability needing a residential service, was commemorated on Sunday 13th with a thanksgiving Mass at the chapel of the Home in Siġġiewi. The celebrant was Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna who was assisted by Fr Trevor Fairclough and Fr Lino Cardona SJ.

Archbishop Scicluna thanked the President of Malta, Dr George Vella and Mrs Vella for their presence and solidarity as well as for the support that the State provides to those who need it. Also present were the Parliamentary Secretary for Active Ageing and Persons with Disability, Silvio Parnis, Mrs Maria Deguara, Opposition spokesperson for Persons with Disability and the Commissioner for Mental Health, Dr John M. Cachia.

However, this 55th Anniversary will not be easily forgotten because of the pandemic circumstances Malta and indeed the whole world are living in. COVID-19 has strained the Home’s resources both in human and financial terms. In order to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of our residents as well as of our workers the Home adhered to all the protocols adopted by the Health Authorities. Residents, relatives and workers had to get used to security arrangements that were put in place in various measures since last March. At the end of the Mass, Archbishop Scicluna appealed for donations to various organisations in need such as Dar tal-Providenza and the Community Chest Fund.
The aim of id-Dar tal-Providenza has always been to provide homes with a warm and family-like environment for persons with disability who for some reason or another couldn’t live with their natural family. Throughout these years, this service that saw to their respect, dignity and rights was only made possible thanks to the continuous support of Maltese and Gozitans alike, through voluntary work as well as financial help.

Today, fifty-five years later, id-Dar tal-Providenza is made up of three main residences: Villa Monsinjur Gonzi, Villa Papa Giovanni and Villa Papa Luciani as well as another four small homes in the communities of Siġġiewi, Qawra, Birkirkara and Żurrieq with another one in Balluta which will be inaugurated in thhe coming months. Currently, in all seven residences, the Home houses a hundred-and-fifteen residents, all with various forms of disability and ages varying between eight and over eighty years. It also provides respite services on a regular basis. The annual running expenses of id-Dar tal-Providenza are now running at around five million Euro.

Curia employees prepare 20,000 diaries to raise funds for Id-Dar tal-Providenza

50 employees at the Archbishop’s Curia have prepared 20,000 diaries for distribution to Maltese households with the aim of raising funds for Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Malta said that the event was in line with its corporate social responsibility. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the activity took place at the employees’ respective offices, rather than at the Dar tal-Providenza. The employees also raised €800 in donations to the Siġġiewi residence for people with disabilities.

The Archdiocese’s human resources manager Rebecca Gatt emphasised that the pandemic would not stop Curia employees from helping those in need.

As has been the case with other charities, Id-Dar tal-Providenza has struggled to raise funds this year, not least through the cancellation of many fundraising activities. The cancellation of this year’s edition of the popular volleyball marathon alone meant the loss of some €500,000 in donations, while precautions related to Covid-19 have increased its costs.

Eden Leisure Group in solidarity with Dar tal-Providenza

Every month, Eden Leisure Group employees have been donating a small portion of their salary to Dar tal-Providenza that, as everyone knows, for the last 55 years (the Home turns 55 this September 13th) has and will always rely on donations from benefactors and the general public to be able to operate.

In time for the International Day of Charity, Eden Leisure Group CEO, Simon De Cesare presented a cheque to Dr George Grech, the Home’s Medical Doctor and Ms Remona Cuschieri, the Home’s Services Coordinator.

Eden Leisure Group encourages its employees and other companies alike to join this initiative. Just a tiny bit of kindness from everyone goes a long way for those in need.
Employers can get more information, if necessary by sending an email to info@dartalprovidenza.org or calling on 2146 2844.
Employees who would like to join this scheme should contact their HR manager. If their workplace is not yet part of this scheme they should encourage their employer to do so.

Minister Michael Falzon launches appeal for financial help towards Dar tal-Providenza

During a visit he made at the Siġġiewi Home, Dr Michael Falzon, Minister for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity, appealed for financial help for Dar tal-Providenza however small the amount might be. He said that the residents at the Home are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and they need support especially at this time when the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world including Malta. “I assure you,” the Minister said, “that the satisfaction you get when giving is by far a lot more greater than when receving.”
Dr Falzon praised and thanked those that give of their free time to help persons with disabillity. He also found time to meet representatives of the workers at the Home.
On behalf of his Ministry, Dr Falzon made a donation of €1,000. The Administrator of Dar tal-Providenza, Nadine Camilleri Cassano thanked the Minister for the donation and his support of solidarity that he has shown towards the Home.