On Sunday, The Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation managed to raise a staggering €1,010,985 during the 12-hour telethon named ‘Għinuna Ngħinukom’.
The decision to hold the fundraiser was taken in order to compensate for the lack of donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, due to other annual events hosted by the national charity fund being cancelled, such as large-scale ones like the Rockestra and the Fun Run.
As a result of the cancellations, the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation was deprived of very valuable donations that are then used to help those in need.
Apart from this, those entrepreneurs that would have been the ones to lead the high numbers of donations, have enduring a troubling time themselves, leading to them to only contribute through much smaller donations, if any.
The telethon was broadcast on all local television stations throughout Sunday.
President of Malta George Vella and Mrs Vella thanked the public for the support at the end of the telethon, also thanking the team that made the event possible despite being on such short notice.
Dr Vella and Mrs Vella had spent the day answering the phone calls and appealing to the public for their donations.
On average, the Malta Community Chest Fund requires €1 million in order to help those lack financial stability due to illness or social problems.
The donation lines are still open to the public, and everyone is invited to continue donating through the following numbers: 5100 2020 – €20; 5190 2030 – €50; 5130 2000 – €100; 2126 2626 – pledges of donations of €300 and over; 5061 9201 (SMS) – €11.65; 7935 9565 – BOV Mobile Pay.