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ALS campaigner Bjorn Formosa expressed frustration at the Malta Community Chest Fund’s decision to hold an additional televised fundraiser next month, particularly as it will take place a week before a long-planned fundraiser for Dar Bjorn.
Dar Bjorn is a residential facility for people with ALS and other neurological conditions, and Formosa is hoping to raise funds for a second home. A fundraiser is planned for 27 September, with Formosa highlighting that the date had been announced at the beginning of the year.
But he was irked by President George Vella’s decision to announce another fundraiser for the MCCF on 20 September, which bears the name Għinuna Ngħinukom. The President said that this was in light of the fact that various fundraising activities, such as Rockestra, had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Formosa emphasised that every charity was facing difficulties during this period, not just the MCCF, and highlighted that Dar Bjorn’s project would have to stop.
“While everyone has the right to raise funds, this should take place in a just and equitable manner,” Formosa argued. “No association has the right to steamroll over others!”
‘This is not a race,’ President maintains
The President chose to indirectly respond to the claims in a statement made on Saturday morning, highlighting that the impact of the cancellation of activities was substantial. The MCCF, he said, couldn’t risk leaving those it assisted alone.
“The pandemic did not badly affect MCCFF alone. This is not a race or a competition, but a beautiful exercise of national solidarity over a number of weeks, where various philanthropic organisations are all playing their part for the benefit of society,” Vella said. “One does not go against the other.”