L-Istrina achieves new record: €3.4m
L-Istrina, Malta's major charity event organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund, achieved a new record on Boxing Day as €3,414,386 were collected within 12 hours. The total sum of €3.3 million was collected last year.
This was the last Istrina for President George Abela who described the new record as incredible. He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Maltese people for their generosity.
L-Istrina was organised by The Malta Community Chest Fund with the assistance of hundreds of volunteers. The events on the day were concentrated at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, with two satellite sites being at Smart City Malta and the Astra Theatre in Gozo.
Among the most notable donations were HSBC Malta Foundation which donated €100,000, Smart City Malta which also donated €100,000, the Good Causes Fund €50,000, McDonalds with €33,000, Vodafone Malta €30,000, the General Soft Drinks €28,000, Farsons €25,000, GO €20,000 and Betsson €20,000.
Events organised by the Presidency for l-Istrina raised a considerable amount of money with the Banif Bank Fun Run collecting €321,800, Paqpaqli ghall-Istrina €207,470, BOV Piggy Bank €200,000 and Tisjir mill-Qalb €179,000.
An unofficial record of €3.4 million was set to exceed last year's record. The €3 million mark was achieved at 22:40h when the Paqpaqli ghall-Istrina donation was added to the total sum. The €2 million mark was reached by 19:50h as the TV marathon in aid of charity entered into its eighth hour. The first €1 million was exceeded at 16:20h with a donation of €12,000 on a Costa cruise ship which is berthed at Grand Harbour.
The beneficiaries of this year’s l-Istrina will be: the Youth Alive Foundation, Caritas Malta, Inspire - The Eden and Razzett Foundation, St. Jeanne Antide Foundation, Parroċċa Familja Mqaddsa, St. Joseph's Home, Dar Arka, Oratorju Don Bosco, OASI Foundation, Malta Red Cross Society, Living Ability not Disability, The Spiro Mizzi Foundation.
The Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) Malta, Piccola Casa di San Giuseppe, Caritas Malta, YMCA Homeless, The Malta Autism Centre Foundation for Education and Research, The Ghana Mission Foundation, Angela House, The Malta Hospice Movement, Golden Daffodil Foundation, Dar Osanna Pia, Yi Xue Life Cultivation Malta Association, Fondazzjoni Suret il-Bniedem, SOS Malta, KIDS - kids Initiative for Development and Sustainability.
Fondazzjoni Kenn u Tama, Fondazzjoni Nazareth, Foundation for Respite Care Services (Dar il-Kaptan), Ghaqda Żgħażagħ b'Diżabilità, Dar Qalb ta' Ġesu, Victim Support Malta, Action for breast cancer, Paulo Freire Institute, Puttinu Cares Foundation, Fondazzjoni Persuni B Dizabilita, Żgħażagħ Ħaddiema Nsara, Agostinian Sisters, Franciscan Sisters in UK and the NGO for animal welfare.