Thomas Smith Group con­trib­utes to­wards Din l-Art Ħelwa’s Our Lady of Vic­to­ries Church restora­tion

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

As part of Thomas Smith Group’s con­tin­u­ous drive to sup­port the com­mu­nity, the com­pany shall con­trib­ute to­wards a new phase of restora­tive works at Our Lady of Vic­to­ries Church be­ing co­or­di­nated by Din L-Art Ħelwa.

The Our Lady of Vic­to­ries is Val­letta’s first build­ing and old­est church, built in 1566 to com­mem­o­rate the lift­ing of the Great Siege on the eve of 8 Septem­ber 1565. It is also ded­i­cated to the Na­tiv­ity of the Blessed Vir­gin, which is cel­e­brated on the same date. 8 Septem­ber is an im­por­tant date in the cal­en­dar of this church, as in 2011 the church was en­trusted to Din l-Art Ħelwa for its guardian­ship on this same date.

The church suf­fered a lot of de­te­ri­o­ra­tion, both to its struc­ture and to the paint­ings. Con­ser­va­tion works are on­go­ing at Our Lady of Vic­tory Church. Din lArt Ħelwa plans to start this part of the project in June, fo­cus­ing on the ex­ter­nal struc­ture in­clud­ing the façade and bel­fry.

“Ev­ery do­na­tion helps us save a piece of this na­tional trea­sure. It is ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing to see that Thomas Smith Group be­lieves in our cause. On be­half of Din l-Art Ħelwa we thank Thomas Smith whole­heart­edly,” said Si­mone Mizzi, vice pres­i­dent of Din l-Art Ħelwa.

“We are proud to be part of the restora­tion project. We recog­nise the im­por­tance of the sig­nif­i­cant work car­ried out by Din l-Art Ħelwa and in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their work to­wards Malta’s her­itage, we hope to build aware- ness of the church’s restora­tion,” says Joe Ger­ada, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

Din l-Art Ħelwa is a Mal­tese non-gov­ern­men­tal, non-profit, vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion founded in 1965 by Judge Mau­rice Caru­ana Cur­ran to safe­guard the his­toric, artis­tic and nat­u­ral her­itage of Malta. Since its foun­da­tion, Din l-Art Ħelwa has re­stored and man­aged nu­mer­ous cul­tural sites of im­mense his­toric and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­por­tance. Din l-Art Ħelwa lob­bies for the pro­tec­tion of our built and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Thomas Smith is a group of com­pa­nies of­fer­ing a di­ver­si­fied port­fo­lio of ser­vices in in­ter­na­tional ship­ping and lo­gis­tics and in­surance. Visit www.tc­smith.com for more in­for­ma­tion about the vast range of ser­vices Thomas Smith Group can of­fer.

Joe Ger­ada, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Thomas Smith Group; Liana Cachia, Group Mar­ket­ing and HR man­ager; Corinne Ger­ada, di­rec­tor and Si­mone Mizzi, vice pres­i­dent Din l-Art Ħelwa

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