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The CEO of Richmond Foundation Stephania Dimech Sant described as very positive the Adopt a Grandparent campaign launched by Missio Malta and Newsbook.com.mt. This endorsement by Malta’s largest NGO working in the sector of, among others, mental health follows the support for the campaign given by Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi.
Ms Dimech Sant was speaking on 103 Malta’s Heart explaining the result of the extensive research carried by the Foundation to understand the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s mental health. She said that while the attitude that this pandemic will pass like other crises before it, younger people were more distraught.
However, she said that not all old people could be placed in the same group since there were many old people suffering from loneliness. She said that this results both from their study as well as from the number of calls received each day on their 24/7 helpline on number 1770.
Such an initiative would be most helpful to old persons who do not have relatives who can take care of them by communicating with them and helping them in different ways.
“This is a most helpful initiative which should be encouraged in all ways,” said the CEO of the Richmond Foundation.
Help those in need of love
Robert Farrugia form Missio Malta said that:
“Adopt a Grandparent aims at providing a bridge between those who feel the need to spread their loving care and those who, sadly, are in need of communication, in need of being shown love”, Farrugia told Newsbook. He added that this initiative “is not meant to cater to material goods. It will be a solace for the lonely and an enrichment for those persons, be they families, children, adults, single persons or communities, who will adopt a grandparent.”
“Missio is very happy that Newsbook.com.mt, one of Malta’s main news websites partnered with us”, said Farrugia expressing the hope that this partnership will bring a bright spark in the lives of many lonely people.
For more information, one can phone 21222001 or access www.adoptgrandparent.org to register one’s interest.