BOV Marigold Vol­ley­ball Marathon 2018 to mark its 10th edi­tion

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The 10th edi­tion of the BOV Marigold Vol­ley­ball Marathon for Id-Dar tal-Prov­i­denza was of­fi­cially launched yes­ter­day. The 53-hour long marathon will be served up Fri­day 29 June at 6.30pm in the car-park of the res­i­den­tial home and come to an end at 11.30pm on Sun­day t July.

The press con­fer­ence was ad­dressed by Michelle Mus­cat, Chair­per­son of the Marigold Foundation – BOV in the Com­mu­nity and Fr Martin Mi­callef, Di­rec­tor at Id-Dar tal-Prov­i­denza. They were ac­com­pa­nied by Elvia Ge­orge, Chief Fi­nance Of­fi­cer at Bank of Val­letta and Emanuel Zam­mit, Chair­per­son of the Marathon’s Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee.

Fr Martin com­mented yes­ter­day, “The Marathon is an an­nual fund-rais­ing event for Id-Dar talProv­i­denza that re­ally puts al­tru­ism to the fore. This marathon sees sports­man­ship and vol­un­teerism work­ing hand-in-hand with the sole aim of rais­ing funds to en­sure that this Home con­tin­ues to of­fer a fam­ily-like en­vi­ron­ment for its res­i­dents, who now num­ber 115.” He went on to ex­plain that, “The Home’s mis­sion has al­ways been that of in­te­grat­ing its res­i­dents as much as pos­si­ble within the so­cial fi­bre of the Mal­tese so­ci­ety, an aim which is be­ing reached pri­mar­ily through the set­ting up of homes in dif­fer­ent lo­cal­i­ties. Here the res­i­dents are able to lead a more in­de­pen­dent life with all the sup­port they need.” Fr Martin ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to­wards the pub­lic who has al­ways risen to the oc­ca­sion and given its sup­port to this ‘labour of love’, as re­cently as dur­ing the Xara­bank pro­gramme of Fri­day 8th June, where the sum of €335,293 was raised.

Fr Martin ex­plained that the run­ning costs of the Home run up to €12,000 daily. In ad­di­tion to the sup­port workers, the Home em­ploys var­i­ous spe­cial­ists to sup­port the res­i­dents, in­clud­ing oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists and phys­io­ther­a­pists.

Cor­rob­o­rat­ing on Fr Martin’s in­ter­ven­tion, Mrs Mus­cat ex­plained that the Home is unique in terms of the ‘fam­ily at­mos­phere’ that it pro­vides to the per­sons with dis­abil­ity re­sid­ing there. “Over the years, since the Marigold Foundation has been col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Dar talProv­i­denza, whenever we visit, it al­ways feels that we are com­ing home, and the bond be­tween the sup­port workers, the vol­un­teers and the res­i­dents them­selves is truly gen­uine.” Mrs Mus­cat urged the peo­ple to con­tinue sup­port­ing Id-Dar tal-Prov­i­denza so it con­tin­ues to pro­vide a car­ing en­vi­ron­ment to its res­i­dents, and helps them achieve their full po­ten­tial.

Elvia Ge­orge said that it is a great sat­is­fac­tion for Bank of Val­letta to re­tain its sup­port to­wards this event through the Marigold Foundation. “We are con­fi­dent that this year’s edi­tion will be an­other suc­cess story that will con­tinue to tes­tify our gen­eros­ity as a na­tion.

“At Bank of Val­letta we are pleased to give our sup­port to help this Home, whose name is syn­ony­mous with the lov­ing and car­ing en­vi­ron­ment it pro­vides to its res­i­dents, to con­tinue play­ing its vi­tal role in our so­ci­ety.”

Zoom­ing in on the role of the vol­ley­ball play­ers, Mr Zam­mit ex­plained that over 80 play­ers have vol­un­teered to par­tic­i­pate this year. They have al­ready un­der­gone gru­elling train­ing, with the fi­nal play­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the marathon be­ing an­nounced af­ter the 24-hour trial earmarked for the com­ing week­end. “As al­ways this marathon is pos­si­ble only be­cause of the un­fail­ing gen­eros­ity of our 200-strong army of vol­un­teers who take care of ev­ery­thing from the en­ter­tain­ment to the food stalls and the chil­dren’s area.” Mr Zam­mit said that the marathon it­self will be broad­casted live over the main TV stations but urged the pub­lic to visit the Home and sup­port the play­ers who will be play­ing vol­ley­ball round the clock for 53 hours straight.

The BOV Marigold Vol­ley­ball Marathon will be in­au­gu­rated by Pres­i­dent Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca on Fri­day 29 June at 6pm.

Con­tri­bu­tions can be made by call­ing 51702012 for a €15 donation, 51802013 for a €25 donation and 51902070 for a €50 donation. A donation of €6.99 can be made by send­ing a blank SMS to 50618944. BOV Mo­bile Pay sub­scribers may also make their donation to the fol­low­ing num­ber 79324834.

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