Prime Minister Joseph Muscat personally dropped a line during ALS activist Bjorn Formosa’s Xarabank telethon last night to confirm the government will cover the daily costs for his upcoming project, a new home for neurological patients.
“I have no doubt that the Maltese people will once again show solidarity with Bjorn and the government will keep helping out his grand mission by covering the daily costs of his project, as is our duty,” Muscat said to cheers by the audience.
This is the second time Muscat has intervened on a Xarabank telethon to announce the government would be covering the annual running costs of a projected spearheaded by Bjorn Formosa, having done the same in 2017 back when the activist was raising money for the first ‘Dar Bjorn’.
Bjorn, who suffers from ALS himself, said the government’s help will prove a massive boon for the new ‘Dar Bjorn’ he has planned for Ħaż-Żebbuġ, the running costs of which are estimated to be double that of the home he recently launched in Qormi.
“The authorities are doing their part and now it is the turn of regular Maltese people to help us build this project as quickly as possible,” he said.
The Maltese public certainly responded, raising a mammoth €801,616 in the span of two and a half hours and bringing Bjorn to the verge of tears.
“It wasn’t easy but we managed to collect this incredible sum of money in only two and a half hours,” he said at the end of the programme. “We took a step forward but the most important thing is that we didn’t lose heart. We kept on going and we will keep on going because this project needs to take place for the sake of several people.”
Opposition leader Adrain Delia also made an appearance during the Xarabank telethon, seated right to Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi as the two took donation calls from the public.
“You can feel a lot of energy in this room, which Bjorn has managed to transmit so that he can do what he plans to do,” Delia said. “People aren’t only calling to give donations but to thank everyone for helping and to encourage others to help too.”