Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
The Festa ta’ Ġenerożità (Feast of Generosity) that was held yesterday has shown an exceptional display of generosity from the Maltese and Gozitan population. This was said by Dar tal-Providenza Director Fr Martin Micallef. Fr Micallef explained that the sum collected yesterday will be going towards the bettering of the quality of life provided to residents, both in Siġġiewi as well as the community residences.
The sum collected yesterday amounted to €1,365,556. While many people flocked to Siġġiewi to give their donations personally, thousands made a call to give their donation. A large number of parishes in Malta and Gozo organised special collections that then were donated to Dar tal-Providenza in the name of the Parish community.
In a press release following the end of the marathon, Dar tal-Providenza explained that the first visit was done by the Archbishop of Malta Charles J. Scicluna. He celebrated mass in the chapel of Dar tal-Providenza, which was also attended by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Rights of People with Disability, Anthony Agius Decelis.
In his homily, the Archbishop said: “We should let God look at us so that our gazes upon each other reflec the gaze coming out of God’s heart.” He went on to say that, “it is truly a beautiful thing that the Maltese and Gozitans start the new year with an act of kindness.” Archbishop Scicluna appealed to the population to support the Dar tal-Providenza residencies in the different localities so that people with disabilities keep on living within their communities.
The marathon saw visits from the President of Malta George Vella and his wife, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and his wife and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi. Several ministers and members or parliament from both sides attended, as well as delegates of both political parties.