We believe that tackling serious social problems is best done by stimulating people in positive ways – not by bludgeoning them over the head with all kinds of startling and nasty facts.

Throughout 2005 and 2006, YMCA Valletta continued its services for the vulnerable by doing just this. From Christmas Parties to Swimming to Bob Geldof – activating society to fight alongside us for the most needy was never so much fun.

Christmas Parties

Every year at Christmas, the Internet Café in Valletta was transformed into a party venue for kids and their guardians. This annual event was eagerly awaited for by those longing to catch a glimpse of Santa!

Truck Stop Malta

After first appearing at the YMCA Valletta Festival in 1998, Peruvian musicians continued their pop-up performances. All donations raised from the public helped us fund our social work programmes.

Homeless Personalities

Raising awareness for the homeless in Malta, household personalities returned to their bunkbeds on Freedom Square in Valletta, talking to passers-by about the causes of this social ill. This year, 40 new homeless cases were referred to us – a sign of things to come…

YMCA Live Music Festival

YMCA Valletta’s venture into gathering young people through music began in 1986 with the organisation of the Malta Sajf Festival.

The 2006 edition of the YMCA Live Music Festival featured headliner Bob Geldof, Ira Losco, Killer Queen, Winter Moods, and WEiss. Over 5,000 people turned up for the Bob Geldof concert.

This event was the first of its kind in Malta, hosting the largest ever set-up for local rock bands led by an international star. It was held at Fort Manoel on Manoel Island and was sponsored by Vodafone, Midi and HSBC.