Order of Malta Volunteers in Gozo distribute relief aid to various missions
The Order of Malta on the island of Gozo continues with its hospitaller works in various fields.
Great support is also given to various Catholic missions abroad, in particular one in Guatemala led by Fr Anton Grech where a container from the Diocese of Gozo arrived by the end of November. Toys and educational material were part of the items donated by the Order of Malta volunteers in Gozo. A large amount of stationary, medicine and first aid material apart from bicycles and toys were also donated for another container bound from a Gozo-led mission in Santa Rosa, Peru.
Last November, a small donation of medical supplies including first aid items and spectacles was presented to Fr Paul Buttigieg from Marsa who is a missionary in Cuba. The donation also included a thousand Paracetamol tablets. In the near future the Order’s relief corps in Gozo intends to send a similar donation by air freight.
The Gozo Volunteers received an overwhelming response from individuals and parishes who also donated good quality clothes and blankets for refugees and needy cases in Malta and in Gozo. A truckload of blankets was also shipped over to the Refugee Centre in Hal Far after a request from one of our collaborators there. Around 20 tons were collected and distributed and a considerable amount of the clothes were donated for Ghana with the main collaborators Richard Ekufu, Hakim Babangida and Idriss making all the necessary arrangements for the supplies to leave for Accra.
Support to the Emigrants and Refugees Commission in Gozo led by Fr Anthony Schembri was another task and on 13th December folding beds were also supplied to this charity. Two televisions were also donated to Somali refugees residing in Marsalforn, Gozo to help them integrate more in society. The requests for blankets were continuous and we had to make a public request for such items. The Gozo Volunteers of the Order also supported needy Gozitan families especially fathers who lost their jobs and families who had a sick member. The English-speaking Catholic Community and the Anglican Chaplaincy also donated a large amount of food supplies for these families.
Apart from the support to other Catholic/Christian missions, the Order of Malta also continued providing an important ambulance transport service for Gozitan sick and elderly persons providing around 16 persons with this service every week.