Despite the cancellation of the annual Christmas Charity Swim on the 18th December 2016, Thomas Smith Group presented €5,000 in funds to the Malta Community Chest Fund.
The swim had been cancelled due to weather conditions that would have been hazardous to swimmers. Managing Director, Joe Gerada, together with Liana Cachia, Group Marketing & HR Manager, presented the funds to H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, on the 22nd December at San Anton Palace.
During the presentation of the cheque, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca thanked Thomas Smith Group for their efforts and dedication in annually organising the Charity Swim, and commended the company for contributing towards the final amount donated. The amount was reached through public donations and topped up by Thomas Smith Group, and also through the Thomas Smith Staff Solidarity Fund, who collected donations throughout 2016 via Dress Down Fridays initiatives.
Ever since its inception, the group, together with the swimmers’ donations, have collected just over €102,000.
“Cancelling the swim has been of great disappointment to the Company and the members of the organising team, as well as to keen supporters who were eagerly awaiting the swim. Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favour this year, and rescheduling proved difficult. We look forward to the 19th edition to be held in 2017 on the 17th December,” said Mr Gerada. “The Thomas Smith Charity Swim is now an annual appointment on the calendar of events of the Office of the President, and following this year’s positive response, it continues to attract an ever-growing number of participants, expressing their solidarity and altruism.”
Above: Thomas Smith Managing Director, Joe Gerada, presented the funds to H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, on 22nd December at San Anton Palace
Regular supporters include the Sliema Local Council, the Civil Protection Department, the Malta Police Force, Malta Red Cross, St John’s Rescue Corps, Għaqda Dilettanti Sajd Sliema, Drinks n’ More, Vertex Vending Services Ltd., X-Zone, Island Beverages, Fresco’s Café & Restaurant, Cara’s Cafeteria, J. Bonnici & Sons, Clyde Dolceria, Content Factory, WAVA, Karl Borg Events, SignIt, Eve.com.mt, LovinMalta, as well as others.