About two hundred malades and helpers attended the pre-Lourdes familiarization fund-raising lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel St Julians.

For some weeks, preparations have been on-going at Casa Lanfreducci, with the Pilgrimage just two weeks away. It was time to gather together pilgrims, malades and helpers to meet up for the first time when special bonds start to form and new friendships are built.

Before lunch Dr Philip Farrugia Randon, Maltese Association President and Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, Pilgrimage Director greeted everybody and thanked them for attending and giving their support. The various Lourdes Pilgrimage team leaders were introduced to the pilgrims and patients present and wished everyone a successful and spiritual experience in the forthcoming trip to Lourdes.

During lunch Josephine Farrugia Randon also address those present. In her short talk Josephine spoke about the story of Lourdes and St Bernardette.

After table grace said by Maltese Association Principal Chaplain Mgr Lawrence Gatt, everyone settled down to enjoy a lovely lunch served by the very efficient staff of the Radisson Blu Hotel.