Ohloq Tbissima is back for another year this weekend!
Throughout this weekend, funds will be raised for the Missions of the Missionary Society of St. Paul among the poor in Peru, Pakistan and the Philippines. Oħloq Tbissima, eighteen years ago, was staged in the courtyard of St. Joseph’s house, but this year due to whatever has been happening around us, it will be organised indoors.
“So, all in all, even this year we can help these Maltese missionaries, to that they can have the necessary funds to buy food for many poor people, who have been in the COVID-19 lockdown for nearly four months,” the organisers have told Bay, adding that “These poor who have been in the lock down for months, have lost the little work they had to have the money to buy food for themselves and their families. This lack of work has caused great misery and trouble in these families.”
Indeed, were it not for the Maltese missionaries, as Fr Alex Busuttil, who works in Arequipa, Peru, has put it, “these people would die of hunger not of Covid-19”.
That is why this year it was decided to hold a marathon to raise funds so that these poor people can continue to benefit from at least a meal a day.
“We don’t even know what it means to not have money to buy a carton of milk, some bread and rice so that at least these families, and especially children and the elderly, can eat at least once a day,” said Fr Louis Mallia, Director of CPi Media. “That is why we are asking Maltese and Gozitans to be generous and understand that abroad we have many people who literally have nothing. We have a hard time understanding what nothing is, but this is a reality they are living with every day, every day ”.
It is in this context that the invitation is being made for people to follow the Create a Smile marathon on F-Living, which will broadcast the marathon, from Friday 17 July at 5.00pm. all over the three days,with ONE, NET and TVM2 also joining in the broadcast. The marathon will also be streamed live on the Ohloq Tbissima Facebook page.
Donations can be made in a variety of ways. One can go to St Joseph’s Home in Santa Venera, to give the donation in person. Donations can also be made by phone on the phone numberswhich will be displayed during the daily broadcasts.
Phone Lines are open from now, as per below:
51002031 – € 20
51902080 – € 50
You can also send an SMS:
50619285 – € 11.65
A pledge line will be opened on the day of the broadcast.
Donations, even from abroad, will be possible through the site www.ohloqtbissima.com.