Transport Malta has donated a motor engine to to power a RHIB dinghy operated by the Birżebbuġa Sailing Club.
The engine which is worth around €5,000 also comes with an additional donation from the supplier.
Attending the handover of the donation was the Transport Minister Ian Borg, whom explained that the investment was integral to improving the service that the sailing club is offering to its around 70 students.
Borg explained that the services provided to the students aged between 5 and 20 year old, was vital towards Malta’s central economic pillar, the maritime sector.
‘The maritime sector is very important and we will continue working so that these youths continue finding opportunities of employment and success in an industry that is a leader in the success of our economy,’
Minister Borg also referred to Transport Malta’s role as the regulator of the industry.
‘We believe in our sports community as we believe in all the work being done by various voluntary organisations. That is why we are glad to invest to help every organisation that fosters the spirit of sports in children, youths and the rest of our communities. We want our communities to have the best facilities and our commitment as a Ministry is towards any work that prioritises our communities, a commitment which I believe is clear in our work,’ the Minister explained.
While praising the Government and the Transport authority for its support of such organisations, Commodore Joseph Briffa added that the support came at a key time when the club was participating in a key international competition.
The Birżebbuġa Sailing Club has been training young sailors since 1972.