The people of Malta have shown their generosity once again and have given over €6 million yesterday in the 19th edition of Malta’s largest charity marathon, L-Istrina.
Malta’s political leaders, community leaders, celebrities and some of the most vulnerable people on the island joined forces to collect this massive sum that will be used to help charitable Maltese cases throughout 2018 via the Malta Community Chest Fund.
Held at the Kirkop Sports Complex, the event was opened at 12:10pm by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, Archbishop Chares Scicluna, and the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
The President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca thanked the people of Malta and Gozo for the generosity, saying that through their donations Malta will be able to provide specialised treatment and care to those with cancer and other sever diseases.
Illum, l-għada tal-Milied, L-Istrina! Minn qalbi nirringrazzjak talli inti ser tkun ta’ spalla… https://t.co/2WYnEXZNoy
— Marie-Louise Coleiro (@presidentMT) December 26, 2017
The previous year’s record of €5,562,000 was surpassed around 11.30pm, with less than an hour left on the clock. Over €6 million donated means that, on average, each Maltese citizen gave €13 to the marathon.
With some of Malta’s most known faces busy answering the phones throughout the day and night, the atmosphere was both festive as well as focused on gathering as many donations as possible to try and set a new record.
Many familiar faces came out to enjoy the show and partake in an event-filled show that included all types of singing, dancing, and other group games.
One of the stars of the show and this year’s Istrina Ambassador was Katriel, the boy with a rare form of Lupus that stole Malta’s hearts last week. His talk of forgiveness and always helping others brought a smile to one and all’s faces throughout the show.
Both Joseph Muscat and Adrian Delia were present for the event, showing a united front for this charitable cause. Both leaders spoke about the need to always think of the most vulnerable in society, especially around the festive times.
— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) December 26, 2017
— Adrian Delia (@adriandeliapn) December 26, 2017
With a new record set for 2017’s L-Istrina, charity workers now turn to the next fund-raising marathon which will take place at Dar tal-Providenza, where they hope to continue building on the generosity shown for L-Istrina 2017.