Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli visits Malta Red Cross volunteers on International Volunteer Day

On the 37th year since the United Nations chose the 5th of December as the day dedicated to all volunteers, Minister for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights Julia Farrugia Portelli visited the Malta Red Cross and its volunteers.

Minister Farrugia Portelli thanked the 1,780 voluntary organisations in Malta and Gozo and the 10,000 volunteers who offer their valuable time and skills with altruism for the public and with a sense of civic duty towards the community.

She praised the noble work carried out by the Red Cross Malta on land and in different beaches in Malta and Gozo.

During the visit the Minister had the opportunity to see several projects carried out through funds issued by the VOPS scheme. Through these funds, the voluntary organisation organised projects that embrace inclusion and solidarity, with the latter being the chosen theme for this year for this day.

One of the projects that Red Cross Malta will be commencing is first aid courses for persons with a disability and people with hearing impairments. This project will be carried out with an investment of €20,000 funded through the VOPS scheme.

The mission of the Malta Red Cross is to prevent the suffering of the most vulnerable people and ensure that they are safeguarded.

Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli was accompanied by the Commissioner of Voluntary Organisations Jesmond Saliba and the Chief Executive Officer of the Maltese Council for the Voluntary Sector Mauro Pace Parascandolo.