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Over €1.4 million raised for charity on New Year’s Day

Over €1.4 million raised for charity on New Year’s Day

That’s right! €1,409,085 was collected for the Dar tal-Providenza home for the disabled, during a fund-raising telethon that took place on New Year’s Day.

“Once again, the people of Malta and Gozo have shown their generosity towards Dar tal-Providenza by donating €1,409,085. The funds will help the Home to continue providing the best residential services to 115 persons with disability that live in the Siġġiewi Home, or its other community homes,” said the director of the Home, Fr Martin Micallef, at the end of the event.

He also said that he hoped that the solidarity shown towards Dar tal-Providenza on the first day of the New Year will continue throughout the year, with all those in our society who are in need.

What took place during the TV marathon?

Photo: Fr Micallef (second from left) speaking at the end of the marathon

The fundraising telethon featured appeals, telephone and online donations, and took place at the WE Media Studios in Qormi between noon and midnight. During the marathon, people including the President of Malta, George and Mrs Vella, Archbishop Charles Sciclina, auxiliary bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, president emeritus Marie-Louise Colerio Preca, the leader of the opposition Bernard Grech and Mrs Grech and Gozo bishop Anton Theuma, through skype, visited the studios.

Ministers and members of Parliament from both sides of the House were also present, delegations representing the main political parties, various personalities took the time to answer the phones.

What’s more, following a two-year postponement, the auction of works of art donated by various Maltese and foreign artists was held online and raised the sum of €28,605. Various parishes across the Maltese Islands made special collections during church celebrations, which were donated to the Home on behalf of the community.

How can I donate?

Donations can be made directly to Dar tal-Providenza’s bank accounts at APS Bank, BOV, HSBC, Lombard Bank, BNF Bank or through PayPal. Additionally, donations can be sent by cheque to Dar tal-Providenza, Lapsi Street, Siġġiewi, SGW 2822.