Dar il-Kaptan was awarded this year’s European Citizen’s Award following its nomination by Maltese Euro MPs.
This award was launched in 2008 as a recognition of achievements by European citizens in activities that facilitate the cooperation between countries or in promoting better reciprocal agreements and closer integration between citizens and member states.
The ceremony was held on Friday evening at Dar l-Ewropa in Valletta and the award was presented to the Chairperson of the Foundation for Respite Care Services, Jennifer Sant. She spoke on the services offered by the home, saying the philosophy of the foundation is based on the right of an individual for his dignity, respect and privacy.
As the organisation is this year celebrating its 25 anniversary it has already provided services to around 425 families. Currently there are some 280 disabled persons who are spending time at Dar il-Kaptan, which is used as a respite so that individuals are engaged in activities during the day.
Ms Sant expressed her appreciation toward the benefactors and sponsors of the foundation. “We believe that Dar il-Kaptan was and is still appreciated by the Maltese society, and now even on a European level”, she said.
Maltese Euro MPs Roberta Metsola and David Casa, who attended the ceremony, praised the services offered by Dar il-Kaptan. Last year the award was won by the Richmond Foundation.