Festa ta’ Ġenerożità 2024 in Australia for Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On Sunday, 25th February 2024, the Friends of Providence House New South Wales, the official ambassadors in Australia for Id‑Dar tal‑Providenza in Malta, held the Annual Festa ta’ Ġenerożità at the La Valette Social Centre in Blacktown, New South Wales.

The MC of the concert and Treasurer, Ms Miriam Friggieri, warmly welcomed a crowd of approximately 250 Australian‑Maltese, inviting all to be generous during this year’s Festa ta’ Ġenerożità.

The fund‑raising concert opened with the Maltese and Australian National Anthems sung by Ms Katelyn Vella, a second‑generation Maltese singer and performer.

Mr Jim Borg, Co‑ordinator of Friends of Providence House New South Wales, warmly acknowledged and introduced the major sponsors of the event, specifically La Valette Social Centre who offered the use of their hall and their kitchen staff,  Breakaway Travel Blacktown as well as Mr Sistu and Mrs Maryanne Zammit.  The Consul General of Malta in New South Wales, Mr Lawrence Buhagiar  also attended the event and highlighted the importance of supporting the work of this charitable organisation.

The video message from Fr Martin Micallef, the Director of Id‑Dar tal‑Providenza, expressed the significance and impact the donations make firstly by ensuring that the organization continues to provide support and secondly by empowering those living with disabilities in Malta.

The performers for the event were Mr Joe Apap, Mr Charlie Muscat, Mr Martin Vella, Ms Katelyn Vella, and Ms Natasha Tatarinoff who entertained those present with various Maltese and English songs as well as the two young guitarists Noah Falzon and Jason Tran. The sound and light technician was Mr Ivan Cauchi.

During the intermission, attendees were encouraged to purchase raffle tickets to raise funds for Id-Dar tal-Providenza with the prizes being kindly donated by various sponsors. Mr Borg expressed his deepest thanks to the Committee, namely Rita O’Dwyer, Secretary, and Miriam Friggieri, Treasurer, and presented Certificates of Appreciation to the performers, the major and minor sponsors as well as to those who had assisted in supporting this event.

As a result of the generosity shown by the Maltese-Australian community in Sydney, the Festa ta’ Ġenerożità was a great success with the money donated to be presented to Id-Dar tal-Providenza to assist and support them to continue their important mission in Malta.

A special cheque presentation of all donations collected in Australia will be made at this year’s Volleyball Marathon to be held in Malta in July.