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

After all the preparations and training, at the opening whistle by the Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights, Julia Portelli and with the Malta Armed Forces Band in attendance it was time for the 13th edition of the BOV Volleyball Marathon to get going in aid of id-Dar tal-Providenza. Forty players, selected from a total of eight-three applicants, formed five teams and took on the challenge of fifty-three hours of non-stop volleyball not for their personal gain, as Fr Martin Micallef, Director of id-Dar tal-Providenza said but  to give something to someone else.

In his address of welcome, Fr Martin continues to day that the altruistic spirit of the players and the numerous volunteers inspires us to be more and more a caring society, a society that lets no one fall behind, a society that treats everyone equally. He also welcomed the group of Slovenian athletes that during these three days will be participating in the discipline of sitting volleyball which is taking place for the first time at the Siġġiewi Home. This activity was made possible thanks to ParaVolleyMalta and the Birkirkara Volley Club. Fr Martin emphasised on the belief that activities like this should continue to pass on the message that society always needs to respect persons with disability, treat them with the dignity they deserve and offer them choices and opportunities that everyone has a right to have.

Minister Julia Farrugia said that sport had one language and creates a huge sense of volunteering and is a huge testimonial for inclusion. Activities like this continue to strengthen the fact that sport is for everyone whatever the level of ability. She concluded by appealing to the Maltese and Gozitan public to unite as one during these three days and make the donation so much needed for id-Dar tal-Providenza to continue on its mission.

During the three marathon evenings, between 9:00pm and midnight, there will be a number of local singers who will be performing on the main stage set up in the Home’s car park. On Friday night the guests were the band Zone 5 together with singers Jasmine and J. Anvil. Saturday night it is the turn of the Malta Police Force Band under the baton of Mro. Anthony Cassar with the participation of local singers whilst on Sunday night the Spiteri Lucas band will take the stage accompanied by singers Ludwig Galea, J. Anvil, Ivan Spiteri Lucas and Laura Bruno.

The public may make a donation by calling the following listed phone numbers, by using the BOV Mobile Banking, PayPal or Revolut or by using the Home’s online banking accounts. For more information on the activity you may visit the  website:

€10         5160 2011

€15         5170 2012

€25         5180 2013

€50         5190 2070

€100       5130 2044

Pledge Line: 2146 3686

BOV Mobile  7932 4834

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

The main local TV stations, will be carrying the marathon live at different times.

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