OASI Foundation celebrates 23 years since its official opening in Gozo
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The 26th of June is the International Day against Drugs Abuse and Illicit Trafficking promoted annually by the United Nations and also the anniversary of the OASI Foundation’s official opening.
For this year, to commemorate this day, the OASI Foundation organised a National Discussion on the theme of Drugs: the True Reality: Decriminalization, Legalization or Depenalization?
The debate, moderated by Dr. Andrew Azzopardi, consisted of two panels composed of opinionists and experts who discussed the topic at hand. The speakers included Michael Farrugia, Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity; Dr. Justyne Caruana, Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging; and Clyde Puli, Opposition Spokesman for the Family and Social Solidarity.
Then on Sunday, the 29th of June, at the OASI premises, the Director General of the OASI Foundation, Fr. Emmanuel Cordina celebrated the Holy Eucharist as a thanksgiving service.
Present for this celebration were the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo; Board of Directors; staff; volunteers; benefactors; clients and their families.
The OASI Award presented by the OASI Director General this year went to Ms. Dorothy Meli, Mrs. Maria Debono and Ms. Carmen Cordina, for their precious help towards the Foundation.
Fr. Cordina also thanked everyone who throughout the years supported the Foundation. Dr. Refalo, during the closing speech, emphasised that OASI is a source of energy and hope for those in need, especially for the young generation. Afterwards everyone present joined in to socialise together around food and refreshments.
23 Years of Continuous and Caring Activity
Throughout its existence, OASI has always believed that Prevention is better than cure. While OASI is mostly associated with problems related to addiction, its field of work is wider than one may think. In fact it has been very courageous in creating alternative edutainment activities for all generations to keep them out of the mess of substance abuse.
It has helped thousands of children, youths and adults alike. Through its wide spectrum of caring services operated from its headquarters in Gozo OASI reached out to its service users coming from Malta and Gozo, who represent a cross-section of the whole leader scale of society.
OASI made its stronghold in its educational and preventive program in all schools in Gozo. Each year it reaches out to all students from an early stage at their primary level into the post-secondary level of their education, supporting them along the way with its preventive activities.
To these one has to add the Foundation’s official magazine, OASI.com with its valuable informative and educational articles, distributed to all the households in Gozo, and various media sources through which the Foundation can carry on its messages.
All services are provided free of charge. Those who want to support OASI Foundation may send their contribution to the Director General, OASI Centre, 5, Triq Wied Sara, Victoria VCT2963, Gozo.