On the 4th of February, the world commemorates World Cancer Day, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) which sees its origins on the 4th of February 2000 at the World Summit Against Cancer held in Paris.
Did you know that 10 million people die from cancer every year? And that is the second leading cause of death worldwide? Locally, we have a number of NGOs who work incessantly with cancer patients and their relatives on a daily basis.
MeDirect Bank has decided to support three non-governmental organisations in the fight against cancer and in order to assist those who through the ordeal. The three NGOs are Puttinu Cares, Hospice Malta and Smiling with Jerome.
Puttinu Cares needs no introduction locally. It is a children’s cancer support group which was set up in 2002. Founded by the recently late Dr Victor Calvagna and Mr Rennie Zerafa, Puttinu Cares offers a holistic approach and cares for families with children suffering from cancer. The professional staff and volunteers of Puttinu Cares are always willing to provide whatever is needed to the cancer sick children and their respective families going through this very difficult period in their lives. Puttinu’s support group is also essential as it offers guidance for the parents and relatives dealing with the harsh reality. The specialised, dedicated team treats each family differently according to their customised needs.
Smiling With Jerome’s aim is to assist individuals and their relatives that are going through difficult times with particular emphasis on those who have been diagnosed with cancer or other serious ailments. This NGO provides hope for the future and courage to fight to those who need it.
The Bank’s Staff donated to both NGOs after organising a raffle between the employees and collected an amount which helps these organisations continue their stellar role in society.
Over and above this, the Bank also donated to Hospice Malta, which promotes and provides the highest standards of palliative care for persons undergoing cancer treatments, motor neuron disease and terminal respiratory, cardiac, renal and liver disease.
MeDirect Bank would like to encourage our employees, customers and the general public to donate to an organisation as their little help can make a huge difference to those in need.