Our National Day, in the presence of the President of Parliament, between the sublime music of the Opera Tosca by Puccini and the generous solidarity from the Principality of Monaco

Belgrade, June 24th

This year’s National Day of St. John the Baptist, traditionally organized by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, was honored by the participation of the President of Parliament, Maja Gojković.
At the picturesque setting of the National Theatre, in the presence of 550 people and more from institutional, religious, diplomatic and cultural backgrounds, Ambassador Alberto di Luca has addressed his greetings on behalf of the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order, Fra ‘Matthew Festing, emphasizing the excellent relations between the Order of Malta and Serbia and the continuous successful development of bilateral cooperation.
The Ambassador di Luca has also focused on the important project “Make a WISH”, dedicated to girls and boys affected by the floods of May 2014, highlighting the importance of collaboration with other countries, in particular with the Principality of Monaco where, on June 19th, was held a charity fund raising dinner which has achieved the amount of € 100,000 worth of possibly realizable WISHES expressed by the children in their letters to the Embassy of the Order in Belgrade.
The baritone Carlo Guelfi and soprano Micaela Carosi have then charmed the large audience – that stood in ovation for several minutes- with their masterful interpretation of “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini, under the musical leadership of Maestro Dejan Savic.
A great success for this splendid Opera, special one time performance, that has been proposed to lovers of classical music in Serbia by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta on the occasion of its National Day.
At the end of the Opera, in the foyer, the guests toasted to the friendship between Serbia and the Order of Malta and to the success of many initiatives that the Embassy in Belgrade organized over the past year: from the supply of large quantities of food and clothing to important medical equipment donated to the Hospital KBC Zvezdara; from the new edition of “A hot meal on a cold winter” to the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”, attracting so much interest and support in the country.
Alongside the President of Parliament, Maja Gojkovic, were also present many MPs, including the Chairman of the Group of friendship between Serbia and the Order of Malta, and Vice President of Parliament, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic.
Together with the Apostolic Nuncio representing the Holy See, H.E. Msgr. Orlando Antonini, were present many Ambassadors and diplomats accredited to Belgrade: H.E. the Ambassador of Albania, Ilir Bocka; H.E. the Ambassador of Australia, Julia Alice Patricia FEENEY; H.E. the Ambassador of Belarus, Vladimir CHUSHEV; H.E. the Ambassador of Brazil, Sergio Luis CANAES; H.E. the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ranko Škrbić; H.E. the Ambassador of Bulgaria, Angel Simeonov DIMITROV; H.E. the Ambassador of Canada, Philip Herbert Pinnington; H.E. the Ambassador of Egypt, Menha Mahrous Bakhoum; H.E. the Ambassador of Montenegro, Branislav Micunovic; H.E. the Ambassador of Morocco, Abdellah ZEGOUR; H.E. the Ambassador of Romania, Daniel BANU; H.E. the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Alexander Chepurin; H.E. the Ambassador of Slovakia, Ján VARŠO; Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Germany, Michael Hasenau, and Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Ukraine, Yevheniia Filipenko.
The proximity to cultural institutions was witnessed by the President of the Academy of Arts, Dusan Djokovic.
Very welcomed guests were also the Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjevic, the director of the Hospital KBC Zvezdara, Dr Aleksandra Arandjelovic, the CEO of Generali Insurance, Dott. Andrea Simoncelli, the director of the daily newspaper Politika, Ljiljana Smailovic and director of RTS, Dragan Bujosevic.

From the Principality of Monaco a great help to the "Make a WISH" project

Monte Carlo, June 19th
In an atmosphere of friendship and solidarity, made even more enjoyable by the beautiful terrace on the seaside and the lovely melodies of famous artists, was held, at the restaurant Twiga of Monte Carlo, the evening in support of the project “Make a WISH” promoted by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade in favor of Serbian girls and boys affected by the 2014 severe floods.
The charity event – organized by HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia and entrepreneurs Flavio Briatore (Billionaire Group) and Luca Marzocco (Satri Group and Marzocco Group), alongside their respective spouses Elisabetta and Sarah – was attended by over 148 personalities from Serbia, Monaco, Italy and France.
Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order, Albrecht von Boeselager, sent messages of appreciation and good wishes for the success of the initiative.
The Ambassador of the Order of Malta to Serbia, Alberto di Luca, and his spouse Emanuela, alongside the promoters, welcomed the distinguished guests: the Head of the Royal House of Serbia, HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine from Serbia, came specially for the occasion from Belgrade; H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, the Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade and President of the Episcopal Conference of Serbia, also arrived from Belgrade; the Order’s Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, Umberto Di Capua and his spouse Marinella; the Knight of Grace and Devotion of the Order – and 17 years President of COM.IT.ES in Monaco – Count Niccolo di Chiusano; Marco Casiraghi, CEO of ENGECO, with his spouse Cecilia; Stelios Haji-Joannou, President and majority shareholder of Easyjet Airways; absent but important supporters of the praiseworthy purpose of the evening, Gerard Cohen, Chief Executive of HSBC Monaco, Sir Philippe Green, Chairman of the Arcadia Group and Alberto Hazan, President of Radio Monte Carlo that has, among other things, opened a collection funds for the project through the pages of the site www.radiomontecarlo.net.
The guests listened to the modalities of the initiative from Prince Michael: the Commission of the project, of which is Patron HRH Crown Prince Alexander II, will proceed with the selection of the 1793 WISHES arrived at the Embassy that will be delivered at the official ceremony to be held in Serbia, on October 13th, on the feast of St. Gerard, founder of the Sovereign Order of Malta in 1048.
Below, the full speech of Prince Michael followed by the speeches of greeting and gratitude of Crown Prince Alexander II and Ambassador di Luca.
See you next year!

Your Royal Highnesses, Dear Cousins,
Your Excellency Monsignor Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade,
Ambassador di Luca,
Ambassador Di Capua,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Briatore and of Mr. and Mrs. Marzocco, I would like to extend our most sincere thanks and give you the warmest welcome for participating at this first event to support the project “Make a Wish” promoted by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade in favor of the children of the elementary schools that were living in the areas devastated by the floods of 2014.
The Wishes of these children have brought us their dreams, their needs, their aspirations.
Each one of their wishes, that together we will be able to make happen, will correspond to the very same philosophy of the millennial Order of Malta – today present in 120 countries – which is to help those who suffer, to extend a brotherly hand, to offer material or moral help.
From the start of this worthwhile initiative, the Embassy has received more than 3500 letters, of which 1793 have the characteristics that correspond to our sensibility tonight as well as to those of our sponsors and benefactors from Serbia, from the Principality of Monaco, from France, from Italy and from Taiwan.
The commission that will grant the wishes is tonight represented by its Patron, my cousin Prince Alexander.
Thanks to the generosity of all of us present, the commission will be able to choose which wishes will become a reality.
The official ceremony of delivery of the gifts will happen on the 13th of October 2015, on the liturgical day of Blessed Gerard, founder and Patron of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
To help you better understand what we are talking about, I would like to give you some examples of the wishes we received:
A young boy, with old parents and a tetraplegic sister, asked for a bath lift so she can take a bath, because the age of his parents makes it almost impossible for them to handle her.
Other children asked for a van for the school, so they can overcome the collapse of certain infrastructures.
Others would like musical instruments, so they can play.
Many kids would like to have again, or have for the first time, a personal computer.
A young girl who has a paralyzed brother has asked for an electric wheelchair so he can go up and down the hill around his house.
And there are other wishes less dramatic but equally beautiful: to be taken for a day to Belgrade and be able to meet in person their idol: Novak Djokovic.
I would like to extend a special thank you to H.E. the Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Baron Alfred von Boeselager, who, though he is not able to be with us due to his busy schedule, has sent a very kind message to Ambassador di Luca in which he wishes us a great success and conveys his appreciation for our event.
I also want to extend a warm thank you to H.S.H. Prince Albert the 2nd for the affectionate letter he wrote to me, assuring us of his support and best wishes.
Together with my friends Flavio and Elisabetta Briatore and Luca and Sara Marzocco, we realize how important and necessary it is to do something concrete towards the wishes of the Serbian children that have been handicapped by a natural catastrophe that limits them in their quality of life and in their growth, which they are entitled to.
I see that we are148 people tonight and with us by thoughts we have other friends who have sent us donations and support.
I am convinced that the success of this evening – for which I want to congratulate the first Secretary of the Embassy of the Order in Belgrade, Giorgio Giuliano and Mrs. Vannina Mandelli – even though we will not be able to grant all the wishes, will be essential in making happy many of the children who have sent us letters.
For that we must rejoice.
I want to extend my compliments and thanks to the musicians and the artists who enchant us with their talents and create such a wonderful atmosphere for this evening, on this lovely terrace on the sea.
We know how many lovely initiatives of solidarity happen every year in Monaco and I feel honored and pleased to be among the promoters of this first event, unprecedented in Monaco under the name of the Order of Malta.
Your Highnesses, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
I thank you again for your generosity and would ask all of you to remain close to our project and seek the support of more friends so that our chain of solidarity can grow and bring smiles and joy to the children of our beloved Serbia.
I raise my glass for the prosperity of Serbia, the principality of Monaco and the Sovereign Order of Malta.
Thank you very much!

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,
My wife and I are very happy to be here with you tonight, at the “Make a Wish to the Order of Malta” charity event aimed at children residing in the flooded areas of Serbia.
My country is still struggling to remove all the consequences of the last year’s enormous natural disaster.
My wife and I are very moved by the Sovereign Order of Malta’s wonderful initiative to bring joy to the Serbian children from the flooded areas.
By fulfilling their wishes, you are making the lives of these children happier and you are strengthening their belief in solidarity.
It warms my heart to see that this project has drawn such great attention and I am very proud to be a member of its commission.
I wish to express my deepest gratitude to all the organizers of the “Make a Wish to the Order of Malta” project, to all the people of good will who have gathered here to help the children of Serbia, and in particular to HE the Ambassador di Luca for his deep commitment consistently shown towards those suffering in Serbia
I am looking forward to the final ceremony of the project, which will take place in Belgrade this October.

 

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.

The welcomed recognition from the hospital KBC Zvezdara

KBC Zvezdara Alberto di Luca Ordine di MAltaBelgrade, March 19th

In the presence of President Tomislav Nikolic, at the National Theatre in Belgrade, was held the ceremony for the 80th anniversary of this important health institution. During the evening, were presented the results and future projects and plans of the hospital KBC Zvezdara. Particularly pleasing was the recognition delivered to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta for its past and future collaborations.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 30th

Belgrade, March 13th

The favorable consensus received of the “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta” and the requests from children who were unaware of the possibility of participation to the project until now, suggested the extension of the deadline for submission of letters to over March 13th. It will be possible to send the letters of submission, at the same address of the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Belgrade, until March 30th, according to the modalities of participation visible on this website.

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 “.

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.

Media partners: Politika and Pink TV.

Make a WISH – Application Form