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Eight organisations awarded for their steadfast work for vulnerable persons

Awards were presented to groups that last year introduced ideas and creative projects to help vulnerable persons, at the Presidential Palace at San Anton. The President’s Award for Creativity, in collaboration with the Malta Council for Arts, covered spheres that included among others, drama, arts and dance as well as projects for social inclusion.

Eight organisations, many of them involved in the social sector, shared €55,000 for their initiatives in creative arts to create greater awareness of certain conditions and for the steadfast work carried out to alleviate suffering and strengthen social inclusion.

The beneficiaries were Outlook Cop that through Spero worked on a project ‘Ir-Raġel li Jara b’Widnejh’ (The Man who Sees through His Ears) to help blind persons. The Fondazzjoni Wens had an arts project for residents to help them relive their memories. The Fondazzjoni St Jeanne Antide fostered a project of weaving beads to help females with complex problems. Step Up for Parkinson’s is offering free classes for those that suffer this condition. The Karl Vella Foundation has a project, Shaping Dreams Together aimed at children suffering serious illness in their family. The Theatre Anon Arts Foundation has a project for dementia sufferers. Żfin Malta has a project Get Loose aimed at curbing prejudice while Pauline Zammit għall-Young People’s Unit runs an initiative Shout Out for Mental Health that provides help and support for young people with psychological challenges.

While presenting the awards, President George Vella praised the commitment of these organisations that work for social inclusion and persons suffering disadvantages.

The Minister for The Arts, Jose’ Herrera, urged the use of ethical practices and professionalism and stated the Government is continuing to invest in inclusivity. Opposition Spokesperson Therese Comodini Cachia said that arts in a lifestyle is an important tool of stability in the social sphere.