Con­struc­tion work be­gins on RMHC Malta Learn­ing Cen­tre in Qawra

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Con­struc­tion work has started on the RMHC Malta’s state-ofthe-art Learn­ing Cen­tre in Qawra, fol­low­ing the re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of the 360sq.m. site.

RMHC Malta was launched in Novem­ber 2015 as a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion to pro­vide re­sources to im­prove chil­dren’s health and well­be­ing. It forms part of the Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties global net­work which spans more than 63 coun­tries. In 2015 alone, RMHC sup­ported the fam­i­lies of more than 7.1 mil­lion sick chil­dren around the world.

At the end of last year, the Malta Chap­ter em­barked on a project in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the In­spire Foun­da­tion to set up a cen­tre in the north of Malta to pro­vide spe­cialised sup­port ser­vices for chil­dren. The Cen­tre’s clients will be chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties or learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties as well as chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the ef­fects of so­cial de­pri­va­tion and ex­clu­sion.

The ac­qui­si­tion of the site in cen­tral Qawra is a key mile­stone in this project and al­lows RMHC Malta to de­velop a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity, equipped with in­no­va­tive re­sources and equip­ment that will pro­vide a safe, home-from-home learn­ing and ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren. The pro­grammes and ser­vices, which will be pro­vided free of charge, will be man­aged by In­spire which has in­valu­able ex­per­tise in this field.

Mal­colm Booker, chair­man of RMHC (Malta) said: “We are very pleased that with the site now in hand and con­struc­tion un­der­way, we are mak­ing ma­jor strides to­wards our goal of open­ing the RMHC Learn­ing Cen­tre in Qawra. We are work­ing closely with In­spire to en­sure that the Cen­tre is de­signed and equipped to the high­est spec­i­fi­ca­tions to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble sup­port to chil­dren and their fam­i­lies liv­ing in the area.”

An­tonello Gauci, CEO of In­spire, also wel­comed the devel­op­ment ex­plain­ing that “this means that we are closer to achiev­ing our tar­get of ex­tend­ing our ser­vices to com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the north­ern re­gion of Malta. Sta­tis­tics re­peat­edly show a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of low-in­come fam­i­lies re­sid­ing in the area. We know that a chal­leng­ing so­cio-eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion can have a very neg­a­tive im­pact on a child’s ed­u­ca­tional progress. We aim to pro­vide the ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tion, tai­lored to ev­ery child’s spe­cific needs, that will sup­port both them and their fam­i­lies in over­com­ing life’s chal­lenges”.

Around the world, the Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties has en­joyed the sup­port of the McDon­ald’s sys­tem – own­ers, op­er­a­tors, sup­pli­ers, em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers – since it was es­tab­lished in 1974. Lo­cally RMHC’s lead­ing bene­fac­tor is Premier Restau­rants Malta, the op­er­a­tor of Malta McDon­ald’s restau­rants, which has sup­ported the com­mu­nity in var­i­ous ways over the last 20 years.

Vic­tor Tedesco, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Premier Cap­i­tal plc, the De­vel­op­men­tal Li­censee for McDon­ald’s in the Baltics, Greece, Malta and Ro­ma­nia noted: “RMHC is McDon­ald’s char­ity of choice and having sup­ported the or­gan­i­sa­tion for so many years in other coun­tries where we op­er­ate McDon­ald’s restau­rants we are look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing mean­ing­ful as­sis­tance to the Malta Chap­ter and this won­der­ful project.”

McDon­ald’s in Malta helps RMHC in three ways. It gives a con­tri­bu­tion from ev­ery Happy Meal sold in its restau­rants all year round, pro­vides do­na­tion boxes on all coun­ters in its restau­rants and pledges all pro­ceeds from its main an­nual fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tive, the McHappy Day Cam­paign held ev­ery Novem­ber, to RHMC.

Do­na­tions can be made at RMHC Malta boxes at lo­cal McDon­ald’s restau­rants or by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the McHappy Day ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Happy Walk to be held on 27 Novem­ber.

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