This year, the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the Republic of Serbia wanted to give even more attention to the children. And so, the 2016 edition of “A hot meal in a cold winter” will be aimed at children who sometimes are even in need of a simple hot meal.
In the wake of the spirit and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to support those who are suffering, the Embassy in Belgrade is pleased to announce that, on the occasion of Christmas, ended an activity carried out in collaboration with the German Malteser International.
With the interventions of the Grand Chancellor H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, the Grand Hospitaller H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, H.E. Ambassador Stefano Ronca, the General Secretary of “Malteser International” Ingo Radtke, the Order’s Ambassadors accredited to the transit countries of the refugees from Syria, Iraq, Libya and other areas involved in the tragic events triggered by the terrorism of the ISIS’ so-called “caliphate”, was held – at the Order’s historic headquarters of the Aventine in Rome – the Conference on “Refugees and migrants: Role and mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta. “
Belgrade, October 12th It took a lot of work to the Embassy in Belgrade to prepare the two ceremonies of the project “Make a WISH to the Sovereign Order of Malta”. A thousand children will be gathered between Lijg and Sid tomorrow to receive their WISHES; Computers, wheelchairs, school desks, musical equipment and other, and, not least, the minibus, in the picture. The ceremonies will be followed by our media partner s “Politika” and “Pink TV”.
Those who escape from the tragedies of war, persecution and hunger – forced, to survive, to abandon their lands and seek political asylum in another country – are always and unquestionably a humanitarian issue.
This is why the Sovereign Order of Malta, as evidenced by its millenary history – without ever considering the diversity of origins, religious faith and political orientation – is always present where the most acute is the need to help, to assist, to heal.
The “closure” of the border between Serbia and Hungary caused more serious problems and great difficulties for refugees from Syria and the surrounding areas for years ravaged by fierce fighting.
Following these sad developments, the flow of immigrants to the Europe Union will try to follow new routes and, for those who are already in Serbia, will attempt to enter via Croatia. In spite of that, many refugees are still on the border between Serbia and Hungary.
The Order of Malta, since the beginning of this painful situation, is active in all areas involved thanks to the generous commitment of the Hungarian association and tireless leadership of the Ambassador in Budapest, the Archduke Michael von Habsburg Lothringen, that has sent, together with volunteers of the relief, vehicles as a first aid to those most in need.
Continues the collaboration between the only entirely cardiological hospital in Europe, the Monzino of Milan, and the University Medical Center Zvezdara of Belgrade.
A significant amount of beds and medical equipment has been in fact donated by Monzino to Zvezdara.
The official delivery has been made to the new Director, Prof. Dr. Petar Svorcan, by Ambassador Alberto di Luca and Dr. Carlo Buora, that in addition to playing the important role of First Counsellor is also the Chairman of Monzino.
Words of gratitude have been received by the vertices of the Serbian hospital together with the hope of a continuing collaboration with the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
On Tuesday, October 13th, will be held the ceremony of handover of the WISHES as conclusion of the charity project initiated in 2014 by the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta to Serbia
For logistical reasons, related to the distance between the various cities affected by the floods of May 2014, it was decided to split the ceremony between Sid and Ljig.
Of the approximately 3,500 letters written by elementary school children, and sent to our Embassy in Belgrade, about 1,500 have been selected for which the necessary founding has been found.
The two pillars of this generosity, that made possible the “delivery” of about 1,500 WISHES, were the success of the charity-dinner that took place, on June 19th, at the Twiga of Monte Carlo (see the article on other page of our website ) and the precious support of our friends from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taipei which, through the Taiwanese representative office in Hungary, confirmed two days ago to the Embassy the donation for 65 bicycles, 2 wheelchairs and 300 chairs and desks for young Serbian students. We renew our fervent thanks to the tireless organizers of the event in the Principality of Monaco – HRH Prince Michael of Yugoslavia, Flavio Briatore and Luca Marzocco – and their distinguished guests, as well as to the Government of Taipei that, once again, proved its availability for solidarity and cooperation with the humanitarian activities of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
With a warm and now already familiar atmosphere of cooperation, the Vice President of the Serbian Parliament and Chairman of the Group of friendship Serbia-Order of Malta, Hon. Vladimir Marinkovic welcomed, in the Parliament of Belgrade, Ambassador of the Sovereign Order in Belgrade, Alberto di Luca. At the meeting, which was attended by several MP’s, including the Head of the PAM Serbian Delegation (Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean), Hon. Nevena Stojanovic, Hon. Sasa Maksimovic, Hon. Vesna Rakonjac, Hon. Velinka Tosic, Hon. Branko Djurovic and Hon. Nebojsa Tatomir, unanimous was the consent and the gratitude expressed by the Serbian Parliamentarians for the important charity-dinner held in Monte Carlo on June 19th in favor of the project “Make a Wish” aimed at boys and girls residing in the flooded areas of last May 2014.
There were also discussions for other humanitarian initiatives and projects for 2016. The meeting ended with the invitation of the Ambassador Alberto di Luca at the ceremony of “delivery” of the WISHES which will be held on October 13th.
The Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Policy, H.E. Aleksandar Vulin, met today at Palace Serbia (Palata Srbije), the Ambassador of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Alberto di Luca.
During the meeting they discussed about the humanitarian assistance that the Order of Malta provides the Republic of Serbia, and the future cooperation and humanitarian actions to help Serbian citizens most in need, especially the children.
Ambassador di Luca spoke about the success of the project “Make a Wish”, aimed at girls and boys affected by the floods of May 2014. The Minister Aleksandar Vulin said that any help is welcome, because child care is one of the most important aspects for the Ministry of Labor, and it was agreed that the project “Make a Wish” must be an example for future programs for socially disadvantaged children.