A Thanksgiving Function was held on Sunday, to commemorate the OASI Foundation’s 27th anniversary from its official opening in 1991.
The function was held at the OASI Centre and in a speech on behalf of the Board of Directors, Mr. Joseph Borg stated that Fr. Emmanuel Cordina has passed the baton to Mr. Noel Xerri, who is now the Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. Fr. Cordina will continue to be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
He thanked Fr. Cordina for dedicating his life to the benefit of others. He went on to express the trust the Board of Directors has in Mr. Xerri, who he said, “will be taking the Foundation forward into a world where problems relating to addiction are becoming more frequent and complex.”
Talks of recreational use of drugs is “muddling the minds of youths and they are feeling disoriented, leaving them more prone to addiction,” as was expressed by experts in the field during a National Conference held last year, stated Mr. Borg.
This Tuesday, OASI will be participating in another National Conference, alongside Sedqa and Caritas, to be held in Parliament.
Mr Borg said that OASI will be “asserting its positions on this National stage, as is our duty. I expects the leaders of the country to take note of this message and act accordingly.”
He also thanked OASI staff and volunteers for their dedication to the Foundation, the Ministry for the Family, Children’s Rights and Social Solidarity and the Ministry for Gozo for their continuous help, and past and present members of the Board of Directors for their support.
Mr. John Magro, another member of the Board of Directors, presented OASI Awards to Lucy Stevenson, Jofy Mainzer and Margaret McMullan, for their dedication and hard work throughout the years.
Present for the occasion were Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, and. Dr. Chris Said, Opposition spokesperson for Gozo Affairs, who gave short speeches, agreeing that OASI is a Gozitan Foundation providing a national service.
They also expressed their concern regarding the current mentality and drug availability, and showed solidarity with the Foundation’s work and position.
Afterwards a reception was held at the OASI Centre.