Continued support for Kragujevac

December 17th

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, delivered, last October 30th, the anticipated humanitarian aid to the association against childhood diabetes in Kragujevac. To do the greetings, next to the president of the association, Borko Marinković, was present as well the Mayor of Kragujevac, Radomir Nikolić. On that day were delivered by Ambassador Alberto di Luca, kits for measuring blood glucose levels, laptops, toys and clothes for children. On that occasion, the association expressed the wish to possibly receive more help from Milan. With the cooperation between the Lombardy delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta , the Italian supermarket chain “Esselunga”, and thanks to the funds raised at the charity event organized last  June in Milan, by Meritalia and Zepter International – in cooperation with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade – the significant costs of transport and customs clearance, for this great load, have been covered thus making possible the delivery before Christmas of food, clothing and products for personal hygiene.


MAKE A WISH TO THE SOVEREIGN ORDER OF MALTA is a project aimed at children, residing in the flooded areas (District of Braničevo: Municipality of Kostolac; District of Mačva: Municipalities of Mali Zvornik, Krupanj, Loznica, Ljubovija, Vladimirci, Koceljeva i Bogatić; District of Srem: Municipality of Šid; District of Pomoravlje: Municipalities of Svilajnac, Ćuprija, Paraćin, Rekovac; District of Kolubara: Municipalities of Ub, Lajkovac, Ljig, Osečina, Mionica; District of Morava: Municipalities of Lučani, Gornji Milanovac; District of Šumadija: Municipalities of Rača, Knić, Topola; District of Zlatibor: Municipality of Kosjerić; District of Bor: Municipality of Majdanpek) from Serbian elementary schools (from grades one to eight) to have the opportunity to see the realization of their dreams and desires: a WISH.

The candidates, to participate, must send a letter signed by their parents (or legal guardian) or the attached application form with their WISHES to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta – Krunska 23A, in Belgrade– from December 13th 2014 to March 13th 2015. The Embassy will submit to the Commission the admissible WISHES, which will, according to the available budget, select those that are economically sustainable and practically achievable, and insert them in a short list. To this first list, will also be added the WISHES that, for costs or organizational reasons, are not immediately achievable; these WISHES will be brought to the attention of donors or sponsors in Serbia, Italy, France and Monaco or any other country, for a possible willingness to support its costs. A final list will be then obtained and closed on September 13th 2015. The Commission will have the final draft of the accepted projects and will inform the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta which will in turn inform by official letter the “qualified”. The official handover ceremony will take place at (location to be defined) on October 13th, 2015, – Feast of Blessed Gerard, Founder of our Order of Malta.

The WISHES can represent a dream, an aspiration, a desire or a specific need of the young candidates. Every WISH has to be compatible with the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to help mainly those who suffer or those who have basic needs for a decent life. There are no limits, sizes or default scopes, if not the reasonable possibility of realization with both affordability and organizational boundaries. For example, you can dream and propose “a trip to the Moon with a Knight” as a WISH, but it will be impossible for the Commission to accept this kind of desire!
The Commission will evaluate the projects according to the following six categories of WISHES: “receive special medical care”, “do something”, “enhance artistic and cultural skills”, “meet a famous public figure”, “receive an object”, and “go to a specific place”.

The Commission reserves the right to choose and select the WISHES to its discretion in base of its admissibility and evaluation of adequacy. Priority will be given to WISHES of humanitarian and medical nature or particularly creative breaks from children with major social problems.
Every letter or application form submitted to the Commission, must be signed by the parent or legal guardian. The maximum length of description of the WISH will have to be up to 50 words.

Letters without full name of the child, date and place of birth, names of parents (or legal guardian), address, contact telephone, and name and address of attended school, will not be admitted. Will be appreciated, if possible, an email address.

Commission members
H.R.H. Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic
H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, Catholic Archbishop in Belgrade
Dr. Andrea Simoncelli, President of Generali Insurance;
Prof. Nenad Prokic, Project Manager – Make a Wish to the Order;
Dr. Prof. Aleksandra Arandjelovic, Director of the University Medical Center Zvezdara;
First Counsellor of the Embassy Dr. Carlo Buora;
Ambassador Alberto di Luca, as President of the Commission.

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Make a WISH – Application Form 


His Holiness Patriarch Irinej blesses the project “Make a WISH”

Amb. Alberto di Luca

Belgrade, November 27

The Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej, received today in the Patriarchy of Belgrade the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca, who illustrated the new project created by the Embassy called “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”.

His Holiness, with fatherly affection, has expressed his appreciation for this original initiative to be proposed to elementary schools of the Serbian territories recently hit by the severe floods.

At the end of the visit, in renewing to Ambassador di Luca his esteem for the humanitarian efforts of the Order in Serbia, the Patriarch expressed fervent good wishes for the success of the project and gave his blessing to the Ambassador and to all the collaborators of the Order in Serbia.

Council of Europe and the Order of Malta

Belgrade, November

The Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Tim Cartwright, and Ambassador Alberto di Luca met at the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta. During the pleasant meeting were mainly treated issues related to the millennial history of the Sovereign Order of Malta and its mission in the world and in Serbia. Tim Cartwright, recently appointed in Serbia, expressed to Alberto di Luca his compliments for the activities of the Order around the world and for the future projects in Serbia.

The commitment to “A hot meal on a cold winter’s day”

Belgrade, November 24th

Had gathered last March, at the ending of the initiative of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia, to decide on the possibility of a second edition; and on Monday, November 24th the Ambassador Alberto di Luca, welcomed the Director of Caritas to the Embassy in Serbia, Miloje Veljic, accompanied by the coordinator Miodrag Zivkovic, to assess the possible repetition of the initiative of the Sovereign Order of Malta, in collaboration with Caritas. Eventually it was unanimously agreed on an encore. Also in Sabac and Aleksinac, the initiative will be repeated, with a little variation; instead of a meal to be consumed in an outdoor environment, lunch tickets will be offered by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, for a typical Serbian hot dish from the contracted bakeries. If the time required for the organization and agreements with the suppliers allows it, the initiate could start before (Catholic) Christmas.