Feast of generosity raises €932,837
The feast of generosity held yesterday to raise funds for id-Dar tal-Providenza generated €932,837. Organised by RTK4Charity to raise funds to enable id-Dar tal-Providenza to continue providing and improve the services it offers.
The home for people with a disability requires €3.5 million every year to operate and depends on people’s generosity to cover its expenses.
Various parishes made special collections with the Zurrieq parish topping the bill with €10,450.
During the day there were visits by the President of Malta, Dr George Abela; the Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat accompanied by the Minister of Health Dr Godfrey Farrugia; the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Simon Busuttil; the Archbishop, Mgr. Pawl Cremona OP; the Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna and the Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr. Guzeppi Mercieca was indisposed while the Bishop of Gozo Mgr Mario Grech sent a recorded video message. Members of Parliament from both sides of the House also made it to Siggiewi during the day.
As part of the Feast of Generosity, €24,000 were raised through an auction of various works of art donated by more than sixty local artists. Various bids were placed online but most bidders were there personally to follow the process.
The live television broadcast started at 09:00h with Holy Mass from the chapel of the Home and continued till just after midnight when the total sum collected during the day was announced amidst the joy and celebrations of the organisers and volunteers. PBS, ONE TV and NET TV took part for long stretches of the 15-hour televised marathon which included entertainment provided by the top singers on the island, various entertainers and village bands that managed to create a festive family atmosphere.
Home Director, Fr Martin Micallef, thanked the civil and political authorities for their support as well as all those hundreds of volunteers that took part in the organisation of the Feast of Generosity.