An abandoned space of 8,500m2 will be regenerated into a picnic area in memory of Dr Victor Calvagna
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An abandoned space of 8,500m2 will be regenerated into a picnic area in memory of Dr Victor Calvagna

Reference Number: PR220457, Press Release Issue Date: Apr 11, 2022
 

An abandoned space in Mosta with an area of around 8,500m2 will be regenerated into a picnic area for residents to enjoy. This area will be embellished with tree planting and a number of picnic benches. Parks Malta will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of this picnic area.

Parks Malta will be planting trees as a remembrance of Dr Victor Calvagna’s work. In collaboration with Puttinu Cares, Parks Malta will be planting a tree for every donation exceeding €300. Trees planted will carry a commemorative label in remembrance of both survivors and those whose lives were taken away by cancer. Eventually more trees will be planted in sites which fall under the responsibility of Parks Malta.

This initiative forms part of the Puttinu Cares fundraising marathon, taking place on Good Friday. The marathon aims to support patients and their families and the construction of new accommodation in the UK.

The initiative was announced by Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise Miriam Dalli, Parks Malta Director General Adrian Attard, and Puttinu Cares CEO Rennie Zerafa. Minister Miriam Dalli said this initiative aims to remember Dr Calvagna’s work, where his work was crucial for various cancer patients and their families.

“During difficult times, Dr Calvagna and the team at Puttinu Cares were essential for young patients and their families. Such initiative will serve as a celebration of work by Dr Calvagna with various patients, with those who unfortunately died and cancer survivors,” highlighted Minister Dalli. 

Puttinu Cares Chief Executive Rennie Zerafa said, “On Good Friday, whoever donates a pledge will have the opportunity to plant a tree in name of their dearest. With this initiative we will continue assisting patients who will need accommodation in the UK, all whilst enhancing the natural environment”.

Minister Miriam Dalli said the government and Parks Malta are committed to continue providing more open spaces to be enjoyed by the public. She added that she looks forward to seeing more projects to be enjoyed by residents within their locality.

Present for the launch of this project attended Dr Victor Calvagna’s family.


Spazju abbandunat ta’ 8,500 metru kwadru se jinbidel f’picnic area, b’tislima għall-memorja tat-Tabib Victor Calvagna

Żona abbandunata ta’ madwar 8,500 metru kwadru fil-Mosta se tkun riġenerata f’picnic area għat-tgawdija tal-pubbliku. Iż-żona se tisbieħ bi tħawwil ta’ aktar siġar u installazzjoni ta’ numru ta’ picnic benches.

Parks Malta se tkun responsabbli mill-manutenzjoni u ż-żamma ta’ din iż-żona miftuħa.

Numru minn dawn is-siġar se jitħawlu bħala tislima għall-memorja tat-Tabib Victor Calvagna. Fil-fatt, f’inizjattiva ma’ Puttinu Cares, Parks Malta se tħawwel siġra għal kull donazzjoni ta’ €300 jew aktar lil Puttinu. Kull siġra se ġġorr tabella li ssellem il-memorja ta’ dawk li ħallew din id-dinja minħabba l-marda kiefra tal-kanċer, jew ta’ dawk li għelbuha.

Aktar siġar se jitħawlu f’siti li jaqgħu taħt ir-responsabbiltà ta’ Parks Malta.

Din l-inizjattiva qed tittella’ bħala parti mill-maratona ġbir ta’ fondi ta’ Puttinu Cares nhar il-Ġimgħa l-Kbira. L-għan ta’ din il-maratona huwa li tagħti appoġġ lil pazjenti u l-familjari tagħhom, filwaqt li se tinbena akkomodazzjoni ġdida fl-Ingilterra.

Dan tħabbar mill-Ministru għall-Ambjent, l-Enerġija u l-Intrapriża Miriam Dalli, id-Direttur Ġenerali ta’ Parks Malta Adrian Attard u s-CEO ta’ Puttinu Cares Rennie Zerafa.

Il-Ministru Miriam Dalli qalet li l-għan ta’ din l-inizjattiva hija li tibqa’ mfakkra l-memorja ta’ Dr Calvagna li kien ta’ spalla u ta’ faraġ għal diversi pazjenti u familji Maltin.

“Għal diversi snin, Dr Calvagna u t-tim kollu ta’ Puttinu Cares kienu raġġ ta’ dawl għal diversi pazjenti tfal u l-familji tagħhom f’mumenti tant diffiċli. Għalhekk bix-xieraq li nibqgħu niċċelebraw il-memorja u l-ħidma li Dr Calvagna għamel ma’ bosta pazjenti, kemm dawk li sfortunatament ħallewna kif ukoll lil dawk li għelbu l-isfida tal-kanċer,” saħqet il-Ministru Dalli.

Il-Kap Eżekuttiv tal-Fondazzjoni Puttinu Cares Rennie Zerafa qal li, “Kull min joffri pledge lil Puttinu fil-Ġimgħa l-Kbira, se nkunu qed inħawwlu siġra f’isem xi ħadd għażiż għalik. B’hekk inkunu qed inkomplu ngħinu lil pazjenti li jiġu bżonn akkomodazzjoni l-Ingilterra filwaqt li nsebbħu l-ambjent.

Il-Ministru Miriam Dalli qalet li l-gvern u Parks Malta impenjati biex bil-ħidma tagħhom joffru aktar spazji miftuħa għat-tgawdija tal-pubbliku ġenerali. Żiedet tgħid li qed tħares ’il quddiem għal iktar proġetti bħal dawn biex jitgawdew mill-pubbliku fil-lokalità tagħhom stess.

Preżenti għat-tnedija ta’ dan il-proġett kien hemm il-familja ta’ Dr Victor Calvagna.