Fundraising & Activism

2008-2018

Fundraising & Activism

2008-2018

As you have also seen, encouraging the youth of Malta to reach their fullest potential has always stood central to our organisation. Alongside our core work for the homeless and roofless, we keep empowering the youth of today to find their own voice in this ever hectic world.

Our work extends to the outcasts and misfits of society; the poor, the drug-afflicted, the elderly, those living with a disability, those suffering intolerance because of their race, gender or sexuality – all are welcome and may find refuge with us. We foster long and shorter-term relationships built on mutual trust and respect.

We call this activism! Acting for those who cannot act for themselves; taking responsibility for those in need; loving our neighbours as ourselves.

Our activism work, however, requires constant funds to keep the ball rolling. Last year alone we incurred a total of €(?) in expenditure. This page highlights how we have raised awareness and fundraised over the course of the decade between 2008-2018.

2008

Volunteers joined forces with young people to pick up waste from our beautiful coastal areas in and around Sliema. Youth were invited to take part in discussions and educational, creative activities, gaining newfound respect and love for the marine world.

2008

Maltese household personalities returned to their bunkbeds on Freedom Square in Valletta in 2008, raising awareness on homelessness amongst the public.

2009

The Grand Ball formed part of Carnival 2009 and helped raise funds for our residential facility. Open to the public, all were invited to participate in this costumed Gala Dinner, with baroque music and entertainment on offer.

2011

In collaboration with famous local personalities, YMCA Valletta offered the chance to win a dinner with local celebrities in exchange for a donation.

2011

Spread over a week, the annual Rookie’s Music Festival raised funds for the homeless in Malta and Brazil.

The iconic bar in Buġibba, in collaboration with YMCA Valletta and Mission of Mercy in Brazil, offered local bands a platform to showcase their talents with 40 bands performing in this edition.

2011

Raising awareness about the plight of homeless children, YMCA Valletta organised a breakfast for kids at The Point Shopping Mall in collaboration with Curtain Raiser.

2012

YMCA Valletta assisted YMCA Togo with €15,000 worth of aid through the Overseas Development Aid Programme, offered by the Maltese Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We participated in the building of a dedicated dining room, helping the centre double its trainee capacity from an average of 50 to 100 people annually. YMCA Togo was eventually selected as one of the sites for first YMCA African Renaissance University; this project allowed the centre to meet the criteria to become a campus for the University.

2013

Air Malta, the Malta Tourism Authority, and the Isle of MTV organised a design competition on the theme ‘Music and Arts Supporting the Plight of the Homeless’. The message of this event: ‘No home is complete without music’. The winning design by Joseph Xerri was used for the official t-shirts for the Isle of MTV 2013. Around 5,000 t-shirts were produced and sold with all proceeds going towards our social work programmes.

2013

An Art & Photography exhibition was organised in aid of YMCA as part of Malta Music Week 2013. Participating photographers included:

Rene Rossignaud, Paul Trapani Galea Feriol, Melvin de Giorgio, Ray Attard, Therese Debono, Armand Sciberras, Allen Venables, Darin Zammit Lupi, Matthew Mirabelli and Jonathan Borg. Exhibited artists were: Marc England, Luciano Micallef, James Vella Clark, Sue Mifsud, Kenneth Zammit Tabona, Alan Despert and George Mario Attard.

2015

The first act of this edition of the Grand Ball took place in the Grand Palazzo, Il-Borsa in Republic Street. A grand banquet was served alongside music and animation.

Guests were then led through the legendary Strait Street, teeming with street theatre. Sweet kannolli and mqaret were provided as a seductive morsel between acts.

2016

YMCA Valletta’s shelter ‘Dar Niki Cassar’ moved from premises in Valletta to a new location in Msida, partly owned by YMCA Malta and the Housing Authority.

The inauguration was presided over by ex-President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and Mr. Ed Eggink representing YMCA Europe. The President of Malta called for up-to-date statistics about homelessness in Malta: (the number of referrals to the YMCA) “Shows us the urgency to really know what is happening in this sector and why it is happening”, Ms Coleiro Preca said.

2018

People shopping at the Embassy Shopping Complex in Valletta were encouraged to drop a donation for the underprivileged into a tube on the upper floors; all gifts descended into a donation collection box below and were passed on to those who otherwise would have had a much less fortunate Christmas Season.