Manuel Agius, who has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for 18 years, told TVM that if he had not found a place at Dar Bjorn in Qormi, he does not know where he would be today. Meanwhile, Bjorn Formosa whose health is slowly deteriorating, told TVM that he wants to die after he has completed the project of building the second residential home.
Manuel Agius is 42 years old, and his MS has continued to get worse over the years. He said that the things he enjoys the most are going to football, going to work and driving – things which he can no longer do because of his condition which has forced him into a wheelchair. Manuel said that he entered Dar Bjorn because he was worried that he could not continue living alone without continuous help.
“When you cannot walk, or drive, it is everything…I thank Bjorn because we have now made some progress.”
While Bjorn Formosa was nominated by Maltese MEPs for the European Prize in recognition of his work, and although he is burdened by the limitations of his own condition, he is looking forward to continuing his second project, a home for thirty people who suffer from conditions which prevent them from living by themselves.
“We need something bigger and I want to die having completed this project; this is my last mission, to see this project finalized.”
At the end of this month and at the beginning of June, the ALS Foundation will organise a walk in Ta’ Xbiex and a gala night which will be attended by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to collect funds for the new ALS home, which is expected to cost over two million Euro.