Volunteers of Id-Dar tal-Providenza nominated for the Active Ageing Awards

Mary Verzin, Gemma and her husband John Paris were three volunteers of Id-Dar tal-Providenza among the ninety-four persons nominated for the Active Ageing Awards 2019.
During the Awards giving ceremony held at Qawra Palace Hotel, all nominees were given a certificate in recognition for their work by H.E. The President, Dr George Vella in the presence of Mr Anthony Agius Decelis, Parliamentary Secretary for Persons with Disability and Active Ageing.
The winners of this year’s awards were the following:
The Married Couple Award went to Nikol and Mary Baldacchino. Paul P. Borg and Professor Stanley Fiorini received the Award for Academia in Ageing, and the Award for Sport in Ageing went to John Magri. Two musicians, Maestro Paul Abela and singer Freddie Portelli, received the Awards for Ideal Model and Culture in Ageing respectively. The Award for Intergenerational Solidarity went to Special Olympics Malta, and Anġlu Fenech and Maria Camilleri received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners were chosen by a board headed by Professor Carmel Borg.
Parliamentary Secretary Anthony Agius Decelis said that the record number of nominees “shows that the people appreciate the work being carried out by Government, and also that the policy of active ageing is being appreciated among the elderly.”
President George Vella expressed his appreciation at the steps being taken to alleviate the solitude which may affect some persons, particularly those who feel the absence of a family during the day. In this regard, President Vella also referred to activities organised at day centres for the elderly within the community.