“Oħloq Tbissima” contributes to missions in Peru, Pakistan and The Philippines
The Missionary Society of St Paul is inviting the public so that at the end of this week they create a smile on the faces of people in three countries where the Society has its missions – in Peru, Pakistan and The Philippines. This may be done through giving a donation during the marathon “Oħloq Tbissima” which will continue until Sunday evening.
Sixty hours of continuous transmissions by television stations during the marathon were given a start at Dar San Ġużepp in Santa Venera.
This is the 16th year the marathon has been organised to help the Society’s work in its missions in the three countries.
Fr Louis Mallia said the missionaries and volunteers devote their lives to working in precarious conditions to help people, particularly children also in precarious conditions, to offer them some hope for the future. Among the beneficiaries this year will be the new Bishop, Giovanni Cefai who has been given the responsibility of leading the Church in Huancane in Peru.
This is a new community in a new diocese in this remote area which is at 4,000 metres above sea level and is stricken by poverty and Fr Mallia said the Bishop has to make a start with practically no resources. The little he will be provided with by the Society will be of great help to him to make a positive start.
The marathon was officially launched by President George Vella and Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna who said such shows of solidarity are an unique characteristic of the Maltese people which should not have frontiers. They praised the work of the missionaries who dedicate their lives to helping the poor.
During the inauguration, President George Vella practiced his medical profession when he assisted a cameraman who fell off a podium and suffered head injuries. The President assisted the man until the arrival of a medical team from Mater Dei Hospital.