Airport raises €9,000 for charity from ‘lost and found’ auction
Malta International Airport raised almost €9,000 for charity by auctioning off 102 lost and found items.
This was the fifth time the airport auctioned off lost and found items for charity but this year’s event raised more than double the amount of money collected in previous editions.
This year’s beneficiary is The Ladybird Foundation, a Maltese charity that provides relief to sick children.
“The funds will be used to give two very sick children the opportunity to go on a dream holiday with their families,” said MIA’s Chief Commercial Officer Alan Borg, adding that beneficiaries of past editions include Puttinu Cares and Dar Tal-Providenza.
The auction, which was attended by over 200 people, was held at the airport’s food court on December 6th.
Items on auction includes tablets, designer sunglasses, smartphones, laptops, cameras, toys and luggage filled with goodies.
Such items are collected throughout the year either because they were lost by passengers or because they were confiscated at the security screening point.
Lost and found items are all logged and stored in case they are claimed by their owners but since many items are left unclaimed, Malta International Airport auctions them off for a good cause.
Malta International Airport plc prides itself on being a socially responsible company, supporting various local charities all year round.
In November, Malta Airport Shopping also helped raise funds for The Ladybird Foundation through another fundraising event: the Dream Ride for Charity, where car enthusiasts were given the opportunity to ride around the terminal on classic sports cars for a donation of €5.
The total sum collected from both events was €8,970.
“It is really satisfying that this money, raised by selling objects that previous owners had lost or discarded, is going to make some very sick children and their families very happy,” said The Ladybird Foundation chairman Steve Apap Bologna.
Other charities which benefitted from MIA events this year included the Malta Community Chest Fund, YMCA, Inspire Foundation, the Hospice Movement and St Patrick’s Home for Children.