Belgrade, March 7
Last December, thanks to the precious collaboration of the Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta of LombardyÂ in Milan, was made possible the shipment and delivery of 29 pallets of food and clothing to the specialized hospital for rehabilitation and orthopedic prostheses. A natural sense of gratitude was expressed by the Director of the Hospital, Dr. Biljana Vidakovic Maksimovic, to the Ambassador of the Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca. Was then established an aid program for the future. The main element that appeared to be needed was a vehicle with a lifting platform for wheelchairs for transport of patients with disabilities. The Embassy in Belgrade immediately searched for and found, thanks to the precious collaboration of CISOM Como (The Order of Maltaâs Relief Corps), in the names of Giacomo Salemma and the National Director Mauro Casinghini, the requested vehicle. A generous donation to CISOM from Fondazione cĂ dâIndustria was the way to adhere to this requirement for Serbia.
Belgrade, February 28th 2014
On February 28th, in a particularly friendly atmosphere, Ambassador Alberto di Luca met with the Deputy Director of the Directorate General for Bilateral Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Ambassador Goran Petrovic, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Belgrade.
During the long and cordial meeting various issues were addressed in regards to the already excellent relations between the Order of Malta and Serbia.
In particular, Ambassador di Luca and Ambassador Petrovic spoke about the ongoing activities and future projects of bilateral cooperation in the light of the recently signed humanitarian Agreement which facilitates the multiple initiatives of the Embassy of the Order in Serbia.
Among other topics discussed, were the common desire to soon reach the signing of the Postal Agreement and a joint assessment on the importance of developing cooperation in all fields between the two parties. In addition, the Deputy Minister Petrovic has expressed to Ambassador di Luca the Serbian authoritiesâ wishes for the definition of dates of the expected visits, of the Grand Master and the Grand Chancellor to Belgrade.
Belgrade, 27th February 2014
This is one of those projects that the Order of Malta likes. Identify a real problem and seek a solution outside of geographical boundaries. That’s how was born the idea of supporting the dynamic association Nurdor in Serbia (www.nurdor.org).
Many desperate parents discover that their child is diagnosed with cancer and on top of that encounter financial and/or logistical difficulties to accompany them to Belgrade for treatment. The association Nurdor, which already in 2012 had a housing structure adapted to accommodate families, has asked us to help them build and widening their logistics supply. The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta accepted the invitation, and, thanks to the magazine 24Hours (group Il sole 24 ore) and in particular its Director Augusto Capitanucci, found 24 high-end watches, offered by 24 watchmakers to organize an auction in Milan, on February 29th, 2012. Great result: âŹ 100,000!
Originally the idea was, together with the Italian organization Help Them Onlus who had provided its logistical support, to restructure a space near the hospital. But after encountering many cost and bureaucratic issues, it was decided to opt for an alternative; to seek a house, also close to the hospital, to buy, renovate and deliver to Nurdor to manage. Obviously, the âŹ 100,000 were not enough , but the ability of Nurdor in introducing the quality of its work , and the generosity and support of many people , had led to reach the coveted goal with just over two months later than it was original planned.
Rhodes, 12 – 17 February
“It is our constant and devoted help for those who suffer which has stood the test of time and I believe it will continue to serve as our purpose for centuries to come.”
Fra’ Matthew Festing, H.M.E.H. the Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta
Over 350 participants from all over the world
The Sovereign Order of Maltaâs International Strategic Seminar was held from 12 to 17 February 2014. The five-yearly conference brought together the Orderâs government, leaders of the national associations, ambassadors, diplomats, members of the Order and directors of the volunteer corps to discuss future strategies and the challenges to be faced. After Malta in 2004 and Venice in 2009, this year the meeting venue was Rhodes, so significant in the Orderâs history as seat of the Grand Master and government for over 200 years from 1310 to 1523.
Divided into 15 âWorking Groupsâ, some 350 participants discussed the Orderâs mission as Sovereign entity, its response to Pope Francisâ priorities and the selection and training of new members and volunteers. Other topics included the Orderâs cultural identity, its mission to help the marginalized and excluded with a constant focus on the young, as the Grand Master Fraâ Matthew Festing recalled in his opening speech. âWe are at a turning point in our history; we have to connect our historic mission with the needs and hallmarks of the modern world,â the Grand Master said, expressing the hope for an increasing involvement of the young in the Orderâs life.
Belgrade, February 15th
The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia, wanted to – with the collaboration of Chicco, an Italian company leader in the toy industry â express its warm presence next to the children with cancer. On the occasion of February 15th, the International Childhood Cancer Day, the Embassy of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in Belgrade wanted to be by the side of Nurdor (www.nurdor.org) to confirm its spiritual and practical solidarity to the praiseworthy Association of volunteers and most importantly to the children, their parents and families in difficult times of care.