€80,000 in aid of the Ursoline Home
Teachers and students forming part of the Maratona bir-Roti team this morning presented a donation of €80,000 to the Ursoline sisters following the charity event held in April.
The Minister for Education and Employment Evarist Bartolo and Opposition MP Robert Cutajar thanked the organisers for their hard work and dedication to such a worthy cause. Speaking at the San Gorg Preca Boys Secondary, in Hamrun, co-ordinator and teacher Manwel Borg thanked all those who helped in the event and said that preparations for the next marathon, to be held in March, are underway.
During the next marathon the organisers said they will be collecting donations for the supply of AED (automated external defibrillator) to schools in Malta and Gozo. Dr Jonathan Joslin, Emergency Consultant Physician at Mater Dei Hospital, said such equipment can save a life and whenever it was introduced in other countries it has done so. Dr Joslin said that a number of heart conditions are found in children and youths and the fact that a school environment is frequented by children and adults alike, it makes it an important place to have such equipment.
Organisers said that the purchase of such equipment for every school is followed by a training programme for teachers and students to familiarise themselves with using an AED. The Maratona bir-Roti 2014 will be held between March 14 and 16.