Today's Feast of Generosity at Dar il-Providenza

Monday, 31 Dec 2012, 12:01


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This first day of the New Year once again unites the hearts and minds of all Maltese and Gozitans alike as today they focus on id-Dar tal-Providenza, a Home for persons with disability that currently houses 98 residents. Hundreds of Maltese and Gozitans, young and old,  today will flock to the Home to see for themselves the love and care shown to the residents as well as to see for themselves where their donations made during the year but especially so today end up.

This is the seventeenth year that RTK 4 Charity is organizing this activity at id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siggiewi that is being supported by APS Bank. During this activity, under the big tent purposely put up for the occasion, there will be a marathon of singing, dancing and magical acts. For this Feast of Generosity, five hundred volunteers are giving their time and their services. Anyone visiting id-Dar tal-Providenza today will have the opportunity to join a guided tour and see the projects both completed or still in progress. These tours will take place from 3.00pm onwards.

Today’s Feast of Generosity kicks off with a Eucharistic Celebration at 9.00am in the chapel of the complex. This will be screened ‘live’ on various local TV stations. Then, from 10.00am onwards there will be transmissions of interviews and features on id-Dar tal-Providenza, including a feature on the newly opened “Dar l-Akkwarell” in Qawra as well as a marathon spectacle of entertainment of song and dance that goes late into the night provided by some of the best local talent including Freddie Portelli, Ira Losco, Hooligan, J Anvil and Fr Karm Debattista.

As part of the New Year’s Day fundraising events, there is the annual Art Auction, organised by RTK 4 Charity and supported by Obelisk Auctions, in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. This year well over seventy local and foreign artists have donated one or more pieces of art to be auctioned including a sculpture in bronze by the late Anton Agius. These artworks are displayed at St Paul’s Hall in Id-Dar tal-Providenza.  The auction is being held online at but today there will also be the possibility to bid by phone or by visiting Id-Dar tal-Providenza in person. One can view a catalogue on

In order to avoid congestion of traffic, a Park & Ride service is being made available from Triq San Niklaw (the old airfield) to and from id-Dar tal-Providenza. This service will operate between 2.00pm and 10.00pm.

For the benefit of those not able to visit id-Dar tal-Prtovidenza on New Year’s Day, the Feast of Generosity that ends after midnight will be broadcast ‘live’ on most local TV stations. Donations may be made at id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siggiewi, RTK Studios in Blata l-Bajda as well as by telephone and SMS’s.

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