06 June 2012 - GO’s Chief Executive Officer, David Kay, has visited Caritas Malta’s San Blas Therapeutic Centre (limits of Żebbuġ) where he acquired hands-on knowledge of the work done by Caritas at the facility to rehabilitate persons with drug addiction issues. GO gives its full support to Caritas by way of a partnership between the two entities that has been going strong for the past 15 years. GO has, on several occasions, supported and funded Caritas projects focussed on enhancing the quality of life of socially disadvantaged persons in the community.
At San Blas Mr Kay met Caritas Malta Heads, employees, volunteers, therapists responsible for all stages of the intensive rehab programmes and residents currently undergoing rehabilitation programmes at the centre. The programmes are designed to support persons with drug-related issues, helping them to define their identity and role in society, at the same time orientating them towards a holistic reintegration into the community.
Caritas Malta is committed to providing wide-ranging services to help people overcome difficulties emanating from various social problems. Caritas works with a range of socially disadvantaged individuals including those at risk of or in poverty, persons with social, psychological and emotional problems, drug-abuse victims, older people, those with alcohol and gambling issues, victims of usury, and the widowed and separated – among others
Speaking about GO’s continued support to Caritas, CEO, David Kay said: “GO is immensely proud that it has teamed up with Caritas in its on-going drive to ease poverty and alleviate social difficulties at large. Further, GO has always played an active role by providing funds towards the implementation of Caritas Malta’s therapeutic programmes. These programmes target victims of drug-abuse, assisting them to maintain abstinence from drugs and overcome their life-threatening dependence once and for all.”
“GO is acutely aware of its corporate social responsibilities and offers its full support to community-driven initiatives. The sponsorship underpins GO’s commitment to effectively care for the community in which it operates,” he added.
Mgr. Carmel Farrugia, Asst. Director of Caritas Malta, thanked GO for its continuous support over the years and said that the organisation relied on the contributions of caring companies with a strong social conscience - such as GO - to reach its goals, particularly those focussed on contending with the devastating effects of poverty in modern society, as well as implementing rehabilitation programmes for youths with drug addiction issues and giving care to their families.
He added that efficient therapeutic programmes and skill training were the best remedies for pesrsons wanting to put an end to their addiction. He augured that the situation in Malta – with special reference to drug-addiction and its control – would improve with the support of altruistic-driven companies like GO.
GO CEO, David Kay was shown round the premises and introduced to residents who are directly responsible for various duties at the centre, including cooking, gardening, and maintenance. The residents said they considered themselves very fortunate to have the chance to resist drug dependency and come out clean – and this was even thanks to support that Caritas got from GO.
During the visit, Mgr. Farrugia was accompanied by Caritas Administrative Secretary Anglu Fenech, and HR Manager, Lino Cremona.
From left: Anglu Fenech, Administrative Secretary, Caritas, Mgr. Carmel Farrugia, Asst Director, GO CEO, David Kay, Priscilla Pirotta from the GO Communications team, and Lino Cremona, Caritas HR Director.