SAMOC Visit of Princess Ruffo di Calabria


On Wednesday 29 March 2017 the President, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata escorted H.S.H Princess Tana Ruffo di Calabria, on a visit to the Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre (SAMOC), where our Association provides a daily volunteer service.

The Princess is the wife of the new Ambassador of the Sovereign Order to Malta, and was accompanied by one of the Embassy’s Councellors, D.ssa Marina Deserti.

The President delivered a brief welcome address on arrival, which was reciprocated by Dr Stefan Laspina, Chairman of Oncology & Hematology, on behalf of the Hospital.

Our Association’s volunteers distribute tea, coffee, biscuits, and other refreshments to patients and their families every single day. This, in turn, opens up a channel of communication, allowing those who are receiving treatment to share their experiences with our volunteers: a very informal but hugely effective means for them to ‘offload’ their daily problems with our non-medical staff.

The Hospitaller Dr Kevin F. Dingli and the Dowager Marchioness Vivien Cassar de Sayn, who heads the Association’s SAMOC Project, formed part of the welcoming party together with the President and various Hospital Officials. The entire party visited the various wards, including the Day Ward, the Paediatric Unit and the Clinical Support area.

This visit followed a courtesy call which the new Ambassador, the Princess and D.ssa Deserti paid to the President and Council of the Maltese Association at our Headquarters at Casa Lanfreducci in Valletta the previous day.