DHL Plane Pull Malta 3 raises €3,000 for Put­tinu Cares

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

DHL Ex­press, along with their part­ners, the Phoenix Sports Club, has raised over €7,000 for char­ity from the first three edi­tions of the DHL Plane Pull Malta.

Charles Schi­avone, Coun­try Man­ager of DHL Ex­press Malta, Or­lando Bon­nici, Pres­i­dent of Phoenix Sports Club, and Gor­don Buha­giar, Pres­i­dent of the Basketball Sec­tion of Phoenix Sports Club, made a do­na­tion of €3,000 to Dr Vic­tor Cal­vagna, Chair­man of Put­tinu Cares, last Fri­day, Septem­ber 30, 2016, at DHL Ex­press’s of­fices in Luqa.

The Put­tinu Cares Can­cer Sup­port Group was set up in 2002. The ini­tial idea built on a de­sire to of­fer a holis­tic ap­proach of care for fam­i­lies with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer. Dr Cal­vagna and Put­tinu Cares CEO Ren­nie Zer­afa were the founders of this group.

Dr Cal­vagna thanked the team who worked cease­lessly to make this third edi­tion of the DHL Plane Pull Malta a suc­cess. He said the money would go to a fund that is be­ing built for the char­ity to ac­quire more prop­er­ties in Eng­land where fam­i­lies with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from can­cer can be ac­com­mo­dated closer to the cen­tre of Lon­don where the main can­cer hospi­tals are sit­u­ated.

He said the apart­ments in Sut­ton, which have now been paid off, are fully utilised and as­sis­tance is also given to fam­i­lies who do not find ac­com­mo­da­tion in Sut­ton.

Mr Schi­avone said that ev­ery year the sum col­lected from this ini­tia­tive had gone up: €1,500 in 2014, €2,500 last year and €3,000 this year. Twelve teams – a to­tal of 214 per­sons – took turns on 21 Septem­ber, 2016, to pull the 68-tonne DHL Ex­press Boe­ing 757-200 Freighter air­craft through­out the day, along with strong­man Tony Far­ru­gia.

The added el­e­ment in the plane pull was a race against time – to see how quickly the var­i­ous teams could pull the plane over a dis­tance of 20 me­tres. The fastest time of 31.31 sec­onds was set by a group of El­bros em­ploy­ees, whose com­pany do­nated €1,000.

There were two teams from the Po­lice, with both In­te­rior Min­is­ter Carmelo Abela and Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Lawrence Cu­ta­jar, be­ing present to urge them on.

DHL Ex­press and the Phoenix Sports Club would like to thank the fol­low­ing vol­un­teers who helped en­sure the event was a suc­cess: the Put­tinu Cares vol­un­teers, mem­bers of the Phoenix Sports Club, DHL Ex­press staff, Safi Avi­a­tion Park, AVISEC, Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Malta Air Traf­fic Ser­vices, Air Malta Engi­neer­ing, Al­ti­tude Global Ltd for the DHL air­craft’s en­gi­neers, AME, who con­ducted the risk as­sess­ment, the St John Res­cue Corps and MJN Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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DHL Ex­press Coun­try Man­ager for Malta Charles Schi­avone (sec­ond from left), pre­sent­ing the do­na­tion of €3,000 to Put­tinu Cares Chair­man Dr Vic­tor Cal­vagna at DHL Ex­press’s of­fices in Luqa last Fri­day. With him are (from left) Gor­don Buha­giar, Pres­i­dent of the Basketball Sec­tion of the Phoenix Sports Club, and Or­lando Bon­nici, Pres­i­dent of the Phoenix Sports Club

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