Over the last year the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation distributed €11.8 million in aid and support for over 16,000 people, an increase of 54% over the preceding year.
The Foundation’s Administrative Board Chairman, John Camilleri, said that requests for aid had increased but the people of Malta had also increased their contributions and thus an increased contribution of €1.23 million had been registered in 2017.
He added the Foundation had increased financial support for disabled persons and patients who needed specialised care by 73%. This included assistance for specialised chemotherapy, medicines for chronic illnesses as well as financial support for those who required overseas treatment. This amounted to €9.7 million, an increase of 73% over 2017.
President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca thanked all those who had showed solidarity and through this solidarity had offered rays of hope to all those passing through difficult times.
The President said that with the help of a large team, the establishment of the Foundation had proved to be a great success. This had resulted in substantial steps forward and said that her successor will now have to take matters a step further to assure sufficient funds and have these distributed as required. She said that over five years €25 million had been collected to help those who are in need.