Francis Xavier Giorgio is the winner of the 19th edition of the Senior of the Year Award organized by the Secretariat for the Elderly and Community Care. Giorgio is very active in the field of voluntary work and is a living example of active aging and solidarity between generations.
Mr. Giorgio works hard for the Sliema youths to have a decent place where t meet. Indeed, he takes care of the environment and the maintenance of Villa Skinas where Catholic Action meetings are held. Besides organisng mass every first week of the month, he also organises social events for youths.
Sr Rose Casapinta is the winner of the Special Award. She worked for twenty years in Sri Lanka, 10 years in Congo, and 8 years in Tripoli. She always dedicated her energy to the sick. In Malta Sr Rose worked as a nursing tutor at St Luke’s Hospital. Sr Rose opened the Nursing Home of the Sisters of the Franciscan Mission of Mary.
The Senior of the Year Award is an opportunity to fight the wrong mentality as regards Aging and celebrates the values that our elderly have and which serve as a model to all. This was stated by Parliamentary Secretary for the Elderly and Community Care the Hon Mario Galea during his speech at the award giving ceremony of the Senior of the Year Award.
In his speech Mario Galea spoke about members of the elderly community who are an inspiration to the country. Lina Borckdorff got her Masters in her late seventies. Toni Saliba is 74 years old and he contributes as a volunteer with the Civil Protrction. Maria Carmela BusutiLl uses Skype to communicate with her son who resides in the US. Pawlu Saliba turned his farm at Wied iz-Ziju in Zejtun into a laboratory and together with Prof Mark Brincat he saved the Maltese cow. Mario Galea said that our elderly have a lot of stories to narrate. He mentioned the case of Mary Jane Micallef whose father managed to save himself from drowning in the 1948 Gozitan episode.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of the President of the Republic Dr Gorg Abela at Kulleġġ Marija Reġina, Boys Secondary, Mosta.
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