The Feast of Generosity will be celebrating its 20th edition on New Year’s Day.
The Feast is organised by RTK4Charity, and it works to primarily raise funds for Dar tal-Providenza, so that it may continue to provide and improve on the services it offers.
Fr Martin Micallef, director of Dar tal-Providenza, highlights the reasons behind the Feast of Generosity. Its purpose is to meet up with the residents, to see the capital projects, and to raise the much needed funds. However, more importantly, its main aim is to spread the Home’s message, which is a call for society to respect persons with disability, to treat them with the dignity that they deserve, and to offer them choices and opportunities that everyone has a right to enjoy.
Sponsored by APS Bank, the Feast of Generosity kicks off at 9am with a mass celebrated by Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna within the Home’s chapel. A spectacle of entertainment and interviews under the big tent will follow, with various personalities visiting the Home during the day.
A collection of works of art has been kindly donated by more than 75 Maltese and foreign artists for an auction as part of the feast. The public will be able to view beforehand these works at an exhibition set up in the foyer of the Parliament building in Valletta between the 15th and 23rd December. Viewing will be between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday. At weekends, doors will be open between 9am and 1pm.
Image: (from left) Mr Noel Mc Carthy, Head Finance & Corporate Strategy APS Bank, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza and Mr Tonio Bonello, Radio RTK.
On New Year’s Day they will then be displayed at Dar tal-Providenza. All those wishing to bid for the works may do so online on the Dar Tal-Providenza Auction website between the 15th December and 1st January. There will also be the possibility for bidding by phone on a number that will be displayed on TV screens during the broadcast on the main local TV stations.
There will also be the launch of a CD compilation, Ħelu Bambin 2, that includes two original songs. O Bambin Ħelu was written and taught to the residents by Dun Mikiel Azzopardi himself. They sing it right after Communion during the daily mass at the Home’s chapel. All proceeds will be in aid of Dar tal-Providenza.
On the 20th December at 10.30am, there will be a charity at Sea Dive in Għadira Bay in front of the Maya Restaurant, also in aid of Dar tal-Providenza.
For the benefit of those who will not be able to visit the Home, the whole telethon that ends around midnight will be relayed live on all main television stations. Donations can be made at the Home in Siġġiewi, at Radio RTK studios, or by phone as follows:
€10 Donation – 516 02 012
€15 Donation – 517 02 013
€25 Donation – 518 02 014
€7 SMS Donation – 506 18 922
During the press conference, Mr Karl Wright (RTK Station Manager), Mr Tonio Bonello (RTK Programmes Manager and coordinator of the Feast) and Mr Noel McCarthy (APS Bank and main sponsor) were present to speak.