“MAKE A WISH”: THE PATRON AND THE AMBASSADOR OF THE ORDER MET TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT

Belgrade, May 2015

HRH Crown Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic received, at the Royal Palace in Belgrade, the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca, to review the progress of the project. Among the more than 3500 letters received by the children from the areas of Serbia severely affected by floods, 1793 are considered “admissible” and will be evaluated by the Commission. HRH Crown Prince Alexander – who is the Patron in Serbia of the project “Make a Wish” – wanted to know all the details around the important charity-dinner that his cousin, HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, Flavio Briatore and Elisabetta, Luca and Sarah Marzocco, are organizing – under the patronage of Monaco’s Sovereign Order of Malta – on Friday, June 19th at Twiga in Monte Carlo. Ambassador di Luca presented to the Prince the program and modalities of the Monegasque event expressing the organizers’ strong desire, and his personal, for TTRRHH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, to attend the evening as guests of honor.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs receives the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta

Belgrade, May 7th

In the historic building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held this morning the warm meeting between the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, and the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca.

During the meeting, were touched mainly the issues related to the intense humanitarian activities of the Order of Malta organized in the country. Also discussed, was the possible signing of the Postal Agreement between Serbia and the Order of Malta.

The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dacic, was so impressed by the activities of the Order in Serbia, that he asked the Ambassador di Luca to invite to Belgrade the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager.

Continues the collaboration between IEO and Monzino (ITALY) and the hospital KBC Zvezdara

April, 2015

The Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade was able to collect the availability of the Milanese hospitals IEO and Monzino, who are collecting, for the second time, medical equipment to be sent in Serbia to the hospital KBC Zvezdara.

The President of IEO and Monzino, and First Counsellor of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, Carlo Buora, defined with the Director of the hospital, Prof. Dr. Sc. Aleksandra Arandjelovic during these past days in Belgrade, all the modalities of shipment.

During the meeting, all operational details were defined with the Director, Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Arandjelovic.

The Director delivered to the Ambassador Alberto di Luca and Counsellor Valter Catoni a ceramic made for the occasion of the 80th anniversary of this important sanitary institution of Serbia.

FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT “MAKE A WISH” COMPLETED

Belgrade, March 30th

Today ended the first phase of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”: this was the part in which elementary school children, from the areas affected by the tragic floods in May 2014, could send to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade their letters with the expression of their WISH.

More than 3000 letters have arrived, from the most diverse and original requests, to those particularly touching, behind which often transpires sadness and discomfort, to those more typical for the age group of 5 to 13 year olds. Now begins, for the Embassy and the appropriate committee – composed of: Patron of the project H.R.H. Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic; H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, Catholic Archbishop in Belgrade; Dr. Andrea Simoncelli, President of Generali Insurance – Serbia; 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 and Ambassador Alberto di Luca, as President of the Commission – the most important work inherent to the analysis and selection of the WISHES, as well as that of the research of funds to satisfy as many of them as possible.

To this regard it is worth noting the confirmation of an important charity event, dedicated to the project “Make a WISH”, to be held on June 19th in Monaco. A significant event in the presence of famous artists – Umberto Tozzi, Ivana Spagna, Leroy Gomez of Santa Esmeralda, Eddy Jordan’s Band – and prestigious sponsors – Dom Perignon, Bentley and Gaga.

Again on this occasion the rootedness of the Order, spread in 120 countries around the world, has been proven to be of great importance: in fact, the Monegasque Association of the Order has offered it’s patronage to the praiseworthy event entirely devoted to the possibility of giving moments of joy to Serbian children affected by the great natural disaster of last year. Additional help has already been confirmed by the structures of the Order of Lombardy (Italy), by individual members as well as by external donors from other countries.

“A hot meal on a cold winter”

March 2015

The project “A hot meal on a cold winter”, that was initiated last year by our Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade with the collaboration of the local Caritas, changed a little bit this year with the delivery of fresh bread and warm bakery goods for the poorest categories of the population in Serbia. Fresh bread and bakery goods were delivered this year to beneficiaries in Sabac and in Aleksinac. In order to obtain fresh and warm products, we distributed vouchers to the most needy, which enabled them to pick up their fresh bread or bakery good in the selected bakeries according to their own time and needs. The distribution of vouchers started for Christmas 2014, and continued in 2015, in Aleksinac and Sabac, every Saturday, up to March 15th in Sabac and end of March, 2015 in Aleksinac.