Malteser delegation donates two tail lift minibuses in Gozo
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Malteser, the German Ambulance Corps of the Order of Malta (SMOM), recently donated two tail lift minibuses to Gozo.
The donation was made possible thanks to Baron Johannes von Heereman President of the German Association of SMOM, Comm Joe Galea representative of Malteser Hilfsdienst in Malta and Chev Chris Galea of the Order of Malta Gozo Volunteers.
The first tail lift vehicle from Malteser Hamburg was presented to the Order of Malta Gozo Volunteers by Dr Alex Becker managing director of Malteser Hamburg. Alex Becker said that is was a great pleasure meeting the Confreres in Malta. The Order of Malta intends to provide a transport service to the Gozitan people especially for wheelchair cases and elderly citizens.
The second tail lift minibus was donated by Malteser Hilfsdienst of Munster to the Arka Respite centre where Rev Manuel Curmi received the keys. This latest vehicle is the fifth donation to this Church run organisation.
The Malteser Hamburg delegation led by Dr Alex Becker included Mr Olav Stoltze from the Hamburg emergency response centre and Mr Levente Fazakas. Malteser drove the vehicles down to Malta via Rome where Malteser Hamburg also delivered a truckload of musical Instruments to the Vatican, a donation from the Archdiocese of Hamburg on the occasion of The Vatican altar boys assembly.
The Order of Malta has special ties with the Vatican; apart from being one of the officially Recognised Orders of the Catholic Church, the Order runs a first aid post and an ambulance Service at St Peter’s Square.-the Knights of Malta aided Pope John Paul II after his Assassination attempt in 1981.
During their short stay in Malta, the Malteser delegation attended Mass at St George’s Basilica, visited the Gozo Citadel, the Order of Malta Volunteers office in Victoria, Xewkija, The SMOM headquarters at Victory Square Valletta as well as the Embassy of the Order of Malta to Malta at St. John’s Cavalier, apart from other work related places like the Gozo CPD Firestation.
The Order of Malta Gozo Volunteers thanked Baron Johannes von Heereman, Dr Alex Becker and his assistants, Comm Joe Galea Malteser representative, Count Joe Bugeja and the President of the Maltese Association of SMOM Dr Philip Farrugia Randon.