A company reflects its management’s vision and awareness of social duties, including support for the less privileged. Corinthia has always manifested its social responsibility vigorously.
Recently, Corinthia joined another eight leading Maltese companies and a school to participate in a two-week Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, which started with a courtesy visit to the President of Malta, Dr George Vella, who is supporting this noble cause.
COVID-19 had unfortunately frustrated this initiative for three years, so a return was enthusiastically welcomed. Each participant entity has chosen its area of help and is grouped with one or more NGOs. The Corinthia Group partnered with Fondazzjoni Sebħ (Sta Venera project) and the Soup Kitchen.
The other companies, spearheaded by HSBC Malta, are AX Group; Farsons; Malta Public Transport; Mater Boni Consilii School Paola; Med Serv Regis; Melita; Seifert; and Toly. This joint effort showcases the power of collaboration amongst companies, schools and NGOs to make a difference in society and the environment. The President of Malta commended the many volunteers who were sustaining these lifelines that are crucial for those who make use of their facilities.
Corinthia St George’s Bay, Radisson St Julian’s and Marina Hotel will join Fondazzjoni Sebħ in clearing one of the Foundation’s apartments in Santa Venera.
The mission of this Foundation began in 1956 when the Archdiocese of Malta decided to focus its help on Children’s Homes. In 2000, Dar Qalb ta’ Gesu was opened as a second-stage shelter for survivors of domestic violence. This shelter was the first of its kind in Malta as it focussed on empowering women and children to reintegrate into the community, independent from their abusers. A community prevention team was set up in April 2019 to support families in need in the communities of Ħamrun and Marsa.
Fondazzjoni Sebħ runs several services, including Fra Diego in Ħamrun – home for 12 children; Dar San Nikola in Ħamrun – home for ten children; Sagra Familja – home for 12 children; St Theresa – home for six children; Dar Qalb ta’ Ġesù – shelter for 12 families, survivors of domestic violence and now Community Prevention team – working with families in the Ħamrun and Marsa areas.
The said three Corinthia hotels will be assisting in clearing one of the Foundation’s apartments in Sta Venera.
Another Corinthia Hotel, Radisson Golden Sands, has already offered help for two days running in the Soup Kitchen, Valletta.
The Soup Kitchen provides much-needed food for people without homes and those experiencing poverty. It started receiving guests in August 2022, and after four months of operation, it reportedly offered 30,000 meals to 8,600 guests. Since then, the number of persons availing of this service has grown even further.
It was an eye-and-heart-opening experience to listen to a recent speech by Franciscan Fr Marcellino Micallef OFM, Director of the Soup Kitchen, delivered to the Social Justice Conference held at Malta’s House of Representatives in February 2023. His short but poignant speech captivated everyone: “We should hug people experiencing poverty, not count them. They all have a name and a face. We need to give them also a voice. We must organise Hope.”
Once more, many Corinthians heeded the call and volunteered.
Once more, Corinthia has helped out.