Birgu Social Event 25/4/2019
The Maltese Association of the Order of Malta, in conjunction with the Volunteers of the Order, assisted at a social event organised by Caritas HelpAge Vittoriosa at the Birgu Youth Centre on Thursday 25th April 2019.
Members of both organisations, lead by the Hospitaller, who were also joined by a number of young cadets hailing from San Anton School, donned the distinctive red tabards and rolled up their sleeves to serve out the wholsesome fare which was offered to the 30 elderly persons, all residents of Birgu, who attended this event.
When all was done, the volunteers then ensured to promptly clear up the crockery and cutlery from the tables, which was then all carefully washed up, dried and neatly stowed away.
The event kicked off with a brief but most interesting talk on kidney prevention which was delivered by Ms. Mary Rose Micallef, a Nurse at the Chronic Kidney Prevention Clinic at Paola. A lively question session followed. Coffee and biscuits were then served, and perhaps it goes without saying that a few games of tombola immediately ensued, in which the guests found themselves wholly immersed themselves. A generous helping of warm, freshly baked lasagne was then dished out.
Members and volunteers also made every effort to exchange a few kind words with each individual guest.
HelpAge aims to work on projects to unravel the present understanding of old age and to bring fundamental changes in older people’s lives. Amongst the many difficulties experienced by older people, loneliness is a “hidden killer” of elderly people. For this reason, HelpAge offers various services, including through social clubs.
The Association was invited to assist at this event for the very first time by the Rev. Canon Karm Busuttil, Archpriest of Vittoriosa, who is desirous of establishing a closer cooperation between the Parish and the Order of Malta. From 1530 to 1571 the parish church, which is dedicated to St. Lawrence, Martyr, served as the conventual church of the Order.
Before the event came to an end, a traditional figolla was presented to every guest who attended.
All members and volunteers were regaled with a hearthy round of applause as they came to part company with those they had served, a token of acknowledgement which was much appreciated.
More photos of the event are available here.