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'Festa ta’ Ġenerożità' raises over €2,000,000!
The Maltese public have donated over €2,500,000 to id-Dar tal-Providenza in a record-breaking fundraising telethon, that was held on the first day of 2021.
The fundraising part of the Festa, which included appeals, phone and online donations, were hosted at the WE Studios in Qormi, between noon and midnight. During the marathon, people visited the studios, including Malta’s President, Dr George Vella and Mrs Vella, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, President Emeritus Marie-Louise Preca and through Skype, Gozo Bishop Anton Theuma and the leader of the Opposition and Mrs Grech. Also, various personalities and representatives of constituted bodies also took the time to answer the phones.
“I am moved in no small way with the generosity and solidarity shown by the Maltese people that notwithstanding everything that is going on handed a beautiful gift of a record €2,531,540 to Dar tal-Providenza,” said Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, who followed the “Festa ta’ Ġenerożità” proceedings from his office in Siġġiewi, handled incoming telephone calls and made a number of interventions using Skype.
He went on to say that notwithstanding the COVID-19 and the uncertainties that followed, the Maltese population had again done great things with Dar tal-Providenza that in the last few months witnessed a substantial drop in revenue due to cancelled fundraising events such as the volleyball marathon. “This was indeed a message of hope in a time of disheartenment caused by this pandemic,” he said.
The annual televised marathon raised funds for the home so it may continue to provide the best possible residential services to the 115 people with disabilities, who reside at the Siġġiewi Home, as well as its other community homes. Special measures were put in place for the reception of donations due to the pandemic and no events were held in the Home’s carpark, except for a drive-thru, where people who wanted to make donations could do so without getting out of their cars.