Registered with the Maltese Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations as a Voluntary Organisation (VO/0325), our philanthropy is a core value enhancing our sense of friendship and camaraderie as we support local Maltese charities.
Since the start of our Association we have raised over €100,000 for a broad range of local charities.
Each year we raise funds for three to five charities, carefully recommended by our Standing Committee for Philanthropy and accepted by the Executive Board.
If you would like a charity to be considered please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 ACTIVITIES Sadly, COVID-19 has put a stop to many of our planned fundraising activities this year. However, we were delighted to meet with Centru Tbexbix on 6 July and donate €1,500 to support their annual Summer Club.
Marsa Club Charity Drive- December 2020: We were, however, happy to end the year by holding a Charity Drive at the Marsa Club. The Drive was specifically to provide supplies and clothes for babies and young children at Dar Qalb ta’ Ġesu, and St. Teresa orphanage. The Drive was an overwhelming success! The support for the Drive was heartening. We collected two full carloads of items, and members generously donated €270. We shopped for new winter clothes for specific children using most of the collected cash, and all items were delivered to the charities.
And he generosity continues! The Charity Drive raised awareness, and members have thus far made five more clothes and baby equipment donations.
The Summer Club provides children and elderly members with a valuable activity during the summer months. From the beginning of July until the end of August the children are at the Centre from 9am until noon. With the assistance of enthusiastic and ingenious foreign and local volunteers, there is a varied and dynamic programme every day. This includes activities such as dance classes, language games, arts, crafts, drama, yoga and of course a lot of outdoor activities.
It is the 13th consecutive year our association has contributed to this worthy programme for children and young adults, as described below.
2019 ACTIVITIES We celebrated our third International Christmas Fair in December 2019 and raised over €8,000. Proceeds went to SOAR Services, St Jeanne Antide Foundation and The Karl Vella Foundation. (Our 2018 Christmas Fair raised €6,000 for The Malta Blind Dog Foundation, Dar Qalb ta’Gesu and Centru Tbexbix).
Photos above are the presentation by Mary-Ann Spiteri of the AIWM Christmas Fair cheques to Claire Chircop, CEO and Co-Founder Karl Vella Foundation (left), and Nora Macelli, CEO, and Melanie Piscopo, Administrator of St Jeanne Antide Foundation (right).
In May 2019 we held a very successful Fashion Show at the home of one of our longstanding members. Centru Tbexbix was the recipient of the funds raised, to support their Summer Camp.
Please find below a description of the charities we are supporting in 2019:
Karl Vella Foundation, Attard
The Foundation provides educational and psychological assistance to children in families disrupted by illness. Recently, the Foundation renovated stables into small activity rooms and we donated funds to install cupboards for these newly renovated rooms. http://www.karlvellafoundation.org/
Centru Tbexbix, Bormla
For 11 years AIWM has supported the children’s summer camp, which/provides a place and programmes for joyful learning – a safe place to explore and to gain confidence, a place where children and young people meet to grow and achieve their potential, their personal best. For more information please look at their website http://www.tbexbix.org/eng/home.htm
SOAR Services, St Jeanne Antide Foundation
SOAR is a survivor-led service (part of The St Jeanne Antide Foundation) that works towards enabling survivors of violence in intimate relationships and domestic violence to become empowered to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives with resilience, dignity and well-being. Our service prioritises authentic inclusion, peer-support, appreciation for lived experience and social justice. http://www.stjeanneantide.org
Hospice Malta is a voluntary organisation inspired by Christian values. It exists to provide and promote the highest standards of Palliative care for persons with cancer, motor neurone disease, end of life respiratory, cardiac, renal and liver disease. It also aims to help and support their families.
Standing Committee for Philanthropy:
Kirsty Hignett, Co-Chair Mary-Ann Spiteri, Co-Chair
The Standing Committee for Philanthropy is responsible for bringing recommendations to the Executive Board who approve the selection of qualified charities to receive donations or supplies from fundraising efforts.
If you are interested in learning more about our philanthropic efforts or in discussing an organization’s fundraising need, please contact Kirsty and Mary-Ann at email@example.com