Long-time Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa charity coordinator Marisa Xuereb was recently appointed an Ambassador for Malta for the Belgium-based charity Beyond the Moon. The fundraising efforts, which included a Christmas gift fair, Malta Classic events, and Mother’s Day fairs) allowed 12 Maltese families to enjoy the holiday of a lifetime with their severely ill children.

“My son Nikolai was very ill in 2012 and things were very stressful for us as a family. However, thanks to fundraising efforts by the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa and Round Table 1, as well as the work of BTM, we were able to enjoy a holiday together at the Landal GreenParks Rabbit Hill Family Resort in the Netherlands,” these are words of St Theresa College Boys’ Secondary School in St Venera headmaster Jonathan Attard, who himself got involved in fundraising for Beyond the Moon, championed by Mrs Xuereb. “It gave us the unique chance to relax as a family away from hospitals and medicine, and to focus on Nikolai’s recovery.”

Gift Fair team with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa first began its fundraising efforts for Beyond the Moon back in 2005, and has since raised over €95,000 for the charity. Most recently, the hotel raised €5,000 on 1 May, thanks to its popular Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Fair, and eight more families now look forward to the holiday experience in the months to come. The charity team is already planning further fundraising activities for Beyond the Moon.

Pascale Somers Appoints Marisa Xuereb Ambassador

Marisa Xuereb has led the team through a number of activities, including multiple fairs, stands and staff teambuilding events. Now, to mark her achievements, Beyond the Moon has chosen to appoint Mrs Xuereb as Beyond the Moon Ambassdor for Malta. Pascale Somers, the manager and co-founder for Beyond the Moon, travelled to Malta for the event. Of Marisa Xuereb, she said: “Her involvement goes beyond raising funds. She even looks for Maltese families with a sick child that are eligible for a Beyond the Moon vacation. She has done so much for so many people over the years and is a true example of what can be achieved by one person leading a fantastic team.”