A Visitation was recently made to the Maltese Association by the Government Council of the Order, represented by Fra’ Jean-Luis Mainguy and Fra’ Paul Caffrey.
This was the first ever Visitation which the Association has experienced, and spanned fromThursday 1 to Monday 5 September. Council Members were fully engaged during this time, but all felt that it was a most constructive and salutary exercise which will bear fruit going forward. Members and Volunteers of the Association were given the opportunity of meeting our visiting Confreres at First Friday Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church on 2 September, which was followed by a Reception at Casa Lanfreducci.
On Saturday 3 September Fra’ Jean-Luis and Fra’ Paul accompanied by the President and the Hospitaller visited the Association’s recently re-launched trolley service at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, where they were greeted by Mr. SaviourcGalea on behalf of the Hospital and the Dowager Vivien Cassar de Sayn who introduced those volunteers who attended the event proudly sporting their brand new red tabards.
A tour of the Centre then followed, where the trolley service was already underway. Opportunity was taken to address words of encouragement to all patients undergoing treatment, who warmly reciprocated with broad smiles on their faces. It was evident that this important and highly visible hospitaller project has already made its mark, and is deeply appreciated by the patients and nursing staff alike. We have started off on a small but steady scale and now look forward to increasing the Association’s involvement at SAMOC.
Maltese youths are once again participating in the Order of Malta’s International Youth Summer Camp which is being held in Krakow, Poland, between the 13-20 August 2016.
The Maltese contingent, under the auspices of the Maltese Association and VOTO, consists of 19 participants; 10 helpers, 8 guests and 1 Chaplain. This year, the team is ably led by Daniel Camilleri and Rachel Barthet.
The 27th July was another special and beautiful occasion to remember. Patients and Lourdes Personnel met up once again. This time the location was the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort, l/o Mellieha. The delightful views of the beach were amazing on this fresh and sunny afternoon. The hotel staff were so very kind and courteous. They took great pains to make sure our special guests were being treated well and with the utmost care. The hotel caterers never fail to prepare a delightful array of delicacies sweets and tasty assorted sandwiches for our dear malades. Soft drinks with hot teas and coffees were also served throughout this pleasant and enjoyable afternoon. Children and adults alike, all tucked into the delicious refreshments and enjoyed catching up on the news they so cheerfully exchange every time they meet up!
The Maltese Association is very pleased to announce the launch of the Trolley Service at the brand new state of the art Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, as one of its important ongoing Hospitaller projects which also serves to provide very good visibility for the Order.
This is a continuation of the same service which was previously offered uninterruptedly over so many years at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, but which had unfortunately been disrupted with the move of the Oncology Department to Mater Dei Hospital and the introduction of stricter infection control procedures. Our volunteers on the job, all of whom needed to participate in a Training Session, are very easily recognizable proudly donning their brand new red tabards sporting the Order’s logo. The service is currently being provided at the Radiotherapy Ward by our female volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and at the Day Ward by our male volunteers on Saturday mornings.
Over 200 persons were invited to this lovely evening barbeque where an abundant selection of delicious eats were served in abundance on a fresh and pleasant summer evening. Our special guests from various organisations and localities had a great time and it was so gratifying to see all these lovely people smiling, laughing and eating away to their hearts’ delight. The ongoing entertainment prompted a jolly mood, inspiring our special guests to sing along some old time favourite songs with the merry music provided by DJ Michael Jackson J. Their infinite appreciation could be heard in the constant calls of emphasised ‘thank yous’; so the evening was a great and wonderful success for one and all!
Surplus leftovers were given to St Catherine Home for the Elderly in Attard, this residential home is run by the Dominican Nuns. They were so pleased to receive our unexpected contribution so that nothing went to waste!
Heartfelt thanks goes to all our Volunteers who gave a precious helping hand. A special emphasise of immense gratitude goes to Mr Lino Cremona, General Manager of the Plaza Hotel who organized the entertainment and coordinated all the catering. Our appreciation also goes to Mr Salvu Tanti, the Plaza Hotel’s dedicated staff, the Lija Parish and last but certainly not least to Koptaco, without whom this activity would not have been possible. Everybody’s precious input, support and valuable assistance was immensely valued by the Association’s members. We were most privileged to be able to reach out and host our special friends. it was a special event where happiness, fun and laughter altogether depicted this splendid evening!
Our immense gratitude goes to confrere Peter Sant Manduca and his dear mother Louisette, who are always so gentle and keen to wholeheartedly welcome the Maltese Association and our special guests when we visit Mdina. The June tea party took place on the quaint little terraces of their residence in the old city. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with breathtaking panoramic views. Our patients as always were treated to a variety of eats and delicious cakes. The Fontanella staff with a pleasant and caring disposition made sure that our guests were being served with teas and coffees all through the enjoyable afternoon. So once again it was so rewarding to see the happy bright faces of our dear patients. Every human being is remarkable and beautiful; it just takes a patient set of eyes to see that giving selflessly to others is the most precious gift one can give to people in need of love and care. The afternoon ended with farewells and promises to meet again in July!
His Excellency Ing. Umberto Di Capua, the SMOM Ambassador to Malta, and his spouse Mrs Marinella Di Capua, in the presence of H.E. The President of Malta and other dignitaries, very kindly hosted special guests, friends and the members of the Maltese Association to a beautiful reception on the roof of St John’s Cavalier to commemorate the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Order of Malta, St John the Baptist. It was a pleasant evening in this majestic building with spectacular panoramic views.