The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA), the oldest animal welfare and homing centre in Malta, will be running a stand on the Sliema front this weekend until Wednesday 24 June, to create awareness about its sterling work and to continue to raise funds for its operations.
The stand will be set up near the popular ‘Gabbana’ and will be selling women and men’s clothing. It is being held to simultaneously mark the opening of the Society’s recently-refurbished charity shop on Triq Gorg Borg Olivier. The refurbishment was financed by a recent campaign on crowdfunding platform ZAAR.
The Sliema shop officially reopens on Friday 19 June, and the public is invited to drop off their donations as from Monday 22 June. A quarantine area has been set up to collect the donation of items, and the same protocol will be in place at the Society’s shop in Naxxar, which will also start receiving donations on 22 June.
“People visiting our Sliema stand will learn more about the work that we do, hopefully purchase an item or two from the eclectic selection of clothing available, and will also have the possibility to win prizes and vouchers donated by our sponsors,” says Mary Cassar Torreggiani, MSPCA’s Fundraising Manager. “Beyond that, we would like to promote the importance of reusing and recycling items, while sharing details of the items that have been recycled by our Charity shops and the process involved in doing this.
“The stand will observe all COVID-19 regulations with the public’s health and safety in mind,” Ms Cassar Torregiani adds.
The stand will also serve as a promotional tool for the MSPCA’s charity shops, which are an important source of funds. The shops are long-term investments that are essential for the running of MSPCA’s Floriana home. “Investment in the MSPCA not only supports its daily operations, but also continues the professional training it provides to its staff in collaboration with organisations such as Dogs Trust. This helps to sustain the successful team of paid professionals and kind volunteers currently in place,” Ms Cassar Torregiani explains. “Moreover, we are currently looking for volunteers for our charity shops. Any interested candidates may send an email to [email protected]. It would be lovely to see new people on our team!”
Visitors are invited to stop by MSPCA’s stand between Friday 20 June and Wednesday 24 June. On Saturday and Sunday, the stand will be open from 9am to 11am and from 6pm till 10 pm, and on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday it will be open from 6pm to 10pm. More information, including the visiting hours of the home, how to volunteer at the home or shops, and how to donate may be found at www.maltaspca.org.