71-year-old wins Ac­tive Age­ing Award

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

This year’s Ac­tive Age­ing Award went to Joe Bar­tolo, who was unan­i­mously cho­sen by the awards com­mit­tee. In 1983, Mr Bar­tolo set up the Għaqda Fi­lantropika Tal­ent Mosti, and is pres­i­dent till this very day, at age 71.

Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Ac­tive Age­ing Justyne Caru­ana called this award a recog­ni­tion for those, who de­spite their age, man­aged to make their life mean­ing­ful for them­selves and for those around them. “This is not a race, but rather is recog­ni­tion for those who show courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

She said that govern­ment is com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing the el­derly to work in some way or an­other, both for their own per­sonal ben­e­fit, and for that of so­ci­ety.

“El­derly per­sons who re­main ac­tive are more in­de­pen­dent, and are an in­spi­ra­tion to their fam­ily and friends”.

24 per­sons were nom­i­nated for the prize this year, she noted.

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