WATCH: Abseiling the walls of Mater Dei to entertain hospitalised children
The high walls of Mater Dei Hospital did not serve to deter ten members of the Mosta Scouts Group and a six-year-old girl from abseiling the walls in an activity to surprise children currently hospitalised at Mater Dei’s three children’s wards, Fairy Land, Disneyland, and Wonderland.
The activity was staged on the walls surrounding the yard to enable the children to view through windows. Earlier, every child was given a Christmas present to help cushion the effect of their illness.
In recent years the participants wore costumes of popular child characters but this year they donned Santa Claus outfits to strengthen the children’s Christmas spirit.
The star this time round was Martina Catanzaro, who although only six years old, showed no fears or reservations about dangling on a rope from a height of more than four storeys and later described this as a wonderful experience for her.
Scout Leader Sean Bartolo explained that the Mosta Scouts Group brings together 200 members and each year plan this event in collaboration with the Hospital’s Administration to try and relieve as much as possible the suffering of hospitalised children and that of their parents and relatives.