The European Year of Volunteering 2011-Tour opens in Valletta

The Last Tour stop of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 was inaugurated yesterday in La Valletta. The Maltese Tour stop is taking place in a tent located in the very centric and busy bus station and will have its doors open to the public until the 5th December offering a very busy agenda of debates, testimonies, cultural and entertainment activities, games, film projections and many other activities related to different volunteering areas.

At the opening, the Chairperson of the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector Mr Robert Farrugia, stated ‘that although this event brings to an end this year dedicated to volunteers it also marks the beginning of a responsibility put upon us for the coming years, to continue spreading the message that volunteering makes a difference.” Two other speeches were delivered by the Hon. Dr. Stephen Spiteri, Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family, who stressed the importance of volunteering in Maltese society at a community level.  Mr. Angelo Chetcuti, from the European Representation in Malta mentioned in his speech the commitment of the EU to support volunteering dedicating this year to the sector as well as the coming year to active ageing. 

Qalb tad-deheb award (Heart of Gold award) was part of the opening ceremony.  This award is given every year to a young person under 18 years who has demonstrated an extraordinary effort in the field of volunteering. This year the winner is Andre Abela, a young boy who decided to give support to his classmate with leukemia.

 The ceremony was closed by Father Gino Gauchi who wished a great success to the event and blessed the tent. The Armed Forces of Malta Band played through the La Valletta streets towards the tent and attracted the attention of the passersby. After the inaugural ceremony they offered a wonderful concert in the tent together with the soprano Rossabelle Bianchi.




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