The collaboration of the Mayors for the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”

Mionica, January 27th


 
In Serbia there could not have been a better day to start the collaborations with Mayors of the areas affected by floods, for the launch of the project “Make a WISH”. Today is in fact Saint Sava, the patron saint of schools, and at Mionica the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca, was warmly welcomed by the Mayor Boban Janković and a school in the middle of festivities very happy to be introduced to the modalities of participation to the project “Make to WISH “.

Kragujevac

January 6th, 2015

On January 6th (for the Orthodox Christmas Eve), inside the Assembly Hall of Kragujevac, took place the handover of the humanitarian aid from the Supermarkets Esselunga of Milan, delivered in Serbia thanks to the Lombardy Delegation of the Sovereign Order of Malta, as well as to the funds needed to meet the costs of transport, collected during the charity event organized last June in Milan, by Meritalia and Zepter International. The nearly 10 tons of food and clothing were delivered in forms of gift packages for children and adults, to approximately 200 people of whom 80 older members of the association, 60 to children, 2 to the association Crvena Sapa from the region of Sumadia, and 15 packages of care for children of elementary school Dositej Obradovic of ERDEC, Kragujevac. A part of the donation was also delivered to the elementary school for children with hearing problems and to the center “Knjeginje Ljubice”.

Repeated this year, “A hot meal on a cold winter’s day”

Aleksinac and Sabac – Winter 2014/2015

This 2015, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Serbia will again be alongside those in need of “a hot meal on a cold winter’s day”. Together with the logistical collaboration of Caritas Serbia, every weekend during Serbia’s cold winter, at Aleksinac and Sabac, the initiative that satisfied more than 3,000 people last winter of 2014, will be repeated.

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

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