28 Sep

GOZO Day Trip

Saturday 28th September 2019

The much awaited Gozo trip was once again a huge success amongst our patients.  This year’s 89 strong contingent was made up of patients, children and volunteers who flocked to Cirkewwa for an early start.  We all set off with the 9:00am ferry  to Mgarr where we were greeted by 2 coaches and Chris F. Galea with his special purpose van accommodating 5 wheelchairs.  Mass was celebrated by Rev. Mgr. Paul Vella at The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu in Gharb.  After a lovely service the group headed down towards Marsalforn where they were treated to some cool refreshments before heading to The Calypso Hotel for lunch, where as always a lavish buffet was served.  Following lunch the group enjoyed some free time where they could walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream or a coffee.  The coaches once again collected the group at 3:15pm to take us back to Mgarr harbour in time to catch the 4:30pm ferry back to Malta.  The cost of this special outing was sponsored by CASUMO Services Ltd, without whose kind contribution would not be able to treat our dear patients to such a lovely day.  Special thanks also goes to Chris F. Galea and the OMVG who assisted us throughout the day and to Dar Tal-Providenza who kindly assist us with another special purpose van to accommodate more wheelchair bound patients.

                              

29 Sep

GOZO Day Trip

29th September  2018 – 

Following last year’s shift from June to September for this event, it was again decided to hold the outing in September due to popular demand.  We hosted 90 special guests together with their families, and were assisted by 31 volunteers.  Following an early start we all set off on the 9:00am ferry from Cirkewwa, in Mgarr we where greeted by 2 coaches and 3 wheelchair vans, 2 of which where from Dar Tal-Providenza.  Mass was held at the Xewkija Church which is  the religious seat of the Order in Gozo, which was celebrated by Fr. Brendan Gatt and Mons. Paul Vella  After a lovely service the group headed down towards Marsalforn where they were treated to tea and coffee.  Following some free time and a walk along the promenade we moved on to The Calypso Hotel where as always a lavish lunch was served.  The group made their way back to Mgarr harbour  and returned to Malta with the 4:30pm ferry.  The cost of this special outing was sponsored by CASUMO Services Ltd, without whose kind contribution would not be able to treat our dear patients to such a lovely day.  Special thanks also goes to Chris Galea and the OMVG who assisted us throughout the day and helped in the planning of this trip.

                      

18 Aug

International Summer Camp – UK

11th to 18th August 2018

This year’s camp was held at Treloar’s School, Hampshire, United Kingdom.  The group consisted of 9 Guests, 11  Volunteers and a Chaplain.  Again this camp was a roaring success with the Maltese delegation joining participants from well over 20 different countries.

                      

14 Jul

Social Gathering for ISC 2018

Following the success of the previous year it was again decided to host this social evening for present and past Summer Camp attendees, their families and volunteers.  The evening opened with a mass celebration by Fr. Savio Vella, the camps’ Chaplain, followed by a BBQ prepared by VOTO’s volunteers.  The evening was very well attended, with a record attendance of  90 guests.

                        

20 Jun

Mens’ Night

A mens’ night was also held on the same evening at Da Francesco Restaurant in the grounds of Porzuincola Retreat House, which had a turnout of 21 men turning up for this social evening.

20 Jun

Ladies’ Night

The ladies’ night was again held at the idyllic and wheel chair accessible “Il-Veduta Restaurant” in Rabat, where we were able to host 33 ladies and had 18 volunteers giving a helping hand. The owners of the restaurant very kindly offered us a set menu at a reduced rate for all our patients, who all enjoyed this relaxed evening.

08 Jun

Lourdes Personnel & Friends Reunion

The reunion was well attended with over 90 guests turning up for this relaxing evening held in the beautiful grounds of Meridiana Wine Estate in Ta’ Qali. The venue and wine was very kindly sponsored by Messrs. Meridiana Wine Estate Ltd., a delicious pasta buffet was setup by Chef Jesmond Vassallo and once again were offered 2 tickets for the Joseph Calleja Concert kindly sponsored by NNG promotions. It was an enjoyable evening all round, where everyone had the opportunity to catch up with old and new acquaintances and at the same time donating towards a worthy cause.

              

20 Mar

Fund-Raising Card Party

The popular fund-raising card party was once again held at Villa Arrigo, and was very well attended with a total of 162 rummy players and 28 Bridge players, who where joined by  7 volunteers.  A food stall was set-up to sell delicious homemade cakes, pies and other treats,  a raffle was also held with some lovely prizes. This event is a very important one in VOTO’s calendar of events as through it we are able to finance the Children’s programme during MASMOM’s yearly pilgrimage to Lourdes.

      

13 Mar

Lenten Spiritual Talk

This year’s Lenten talk by Fr. Savio at The Salesians Oratory in Sliema was very well attended with 23 members and aspirants showing up.  The topic was “Whom do you say I Am?” A very interesting reflection about Who is God and how are we to re-light the fire in us.  After mass we shared some time together with some wine & sandwiches, where everyone had an opportunity to chat with each other.

10 Mar

30th celebration Charity Gala Dinner

The Volunteers of the Order recently hosted 116 guests at a Fundraising Gala Dinner at the Casino Maltese in Valletta to celebrate 30 years of work in the fields of spiritual, social and medical welfare.     

Part of the proceeds of this event will support the renovation of a donated property, currently being refurbished into a shelter which will provide accommodation to young homeless people. The project is an initiative of the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco in Malta, in partnership with the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta. 

The rest of the proceeds will continue to finance the organisation’s ongoing charitable work with adults and children in need. It is estimated that each year, VOTO assists an average of 80 to 90 families in need with the potential of helping many more.