GO em­ploy­ees spread joy at Christ­mas time

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

GO Cares, a team of GO em­ploy­ees that sup­port var­i­ous wor­thy causes by or­gan­is­ing dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year, re­cently hosted a Christ­mas party for chil­dren sup­ported by the Karl Vella Foun­da­tion at L-Arka ta’ Noè in Siġġiewi.

The Christ­mas party kicked off with a guided tour at L-Arka ta Noè. GO vol­un­teers then en­ter­tained the chil­dren with end­less games, mu­sic and re­fresh­ments. To top it all, Christ­mas pre­sents were also de­liv­ered by GO’s own Fa­ther Christ­mas.

In ad­di­tion to the party, the GO em­ploy­ees pre­sented a cheque of €2,500 to Amelia Calleja, Cen­tre co­or­di­na­tor to cover one of the foun­da­tion’s largest ex­penses – the use of trans­port that en­ables the chil­dren to at­tend the cen­tre. Fur­ther­more, GO do­nated a num­ber of lap­tops to be used for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses.

Such ac­tiv­i­ties are funded through the monthly do­na­tions that GO em­ploy­ees con­trib­ute from their pay to­wards the GO Cares Em­ployee Fund. More im­por­tantly, how­ever, in ad­di­tion to the fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions, GO em­ploy­ees ded­i­cate a lot of their time and en­ergy into vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties.

“GO em­ploy­ees ap­pre­ci­ate the work and ad­mire the ded­i­ca­tion of the vol­un­teers at the Karl Vella Foun­da­tion in sup­port­ing these chil­dren who would be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing such dif­fi­cult times. This is why we wanted to reach out and ded­i­cate some of our time and re­sources in or­gan­is­ing a Christ­mas ac­tiv­ity that takes these chil­dren away from their daily strug­gles and makes them feel ex­tra spe­cial, es­pe­cially dur­ing this time of year,” said Josephine Grima, se­nior man­ager HR Op­er­a­tions who also leads the GO Cares team.

Claire Chir­cop, KVF’s co-founder and chair­per­son added “in sit­u­a­tions of pro­longed, com­plex health con­di­tions, it is very likely that chil­dren end up feel­ing lonely, de­spite the best ef­forts made by their fam­i­lies to en­sure they are looked af­ter. At the Karl Vella Foun­da­tion we seek to ad­dress the is­sues ex­pe­ri­enced by chil­dren in these cir­cum­stances. Chil­dren are en­cour­aged to come to our cen­tre in At­tard dur­ing the time when their par­ents or sib­lings are re­ceiv- ing treat­ment and, or when their loved one sadly passes away”.

“At the Cen­tre they are as­sisted with their home­work and stud­ies and they en­gage in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised by our team of vol­un­teers. Some also re­ceive oneto-one psy­cho­log­i­cal help from pro­fes­sion­als. Hav­ing GO em­ploy­ees spon­sor­ing our an­nual Christ­mas party and see­ing their en­thu­si­asm in mak­ing the best out of this ac­tiv­ity is very much ap­pre­ci­ated,” con­tin­ued Chir­cop.

The Karl Vella Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional and psy­cho­log­i­cal as­sis­tance to chil­dren of fam­i­lies that have been dis­rupted by the se­ri­ous ill­ness of a fam­ily mem­ber. Such ser­vices of­fer respite to the nu­mer­ous rel­a­tives, friends and any­one else who comes to the as­sis­tance of these fam­i­lies dur­ing such dif­fi­cult times.

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