Pictured above: HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson, Pamela Muscat, David Debattista, the President of Malta Dr George Abela, HSBC Malta Foundation Chairperson Catherine Gonzi, and Noel Aquilina
That ‘everyone is a winner through voluntary work’ emerged as a recurring theme at the third edition of the President’s Awards for Voluntary Work, held at Verdala Palace and organised with support from HSBC Malta Foundation. This theme underscores the intrinsic value of voluntary work for the benefit of all society.
The President’s Gold Award for Voluntary Work 2014 went to David Debattista for his dedicated work within the ‘Third World Group’, a not-for profit NGO. The prestigious award includes a €6,000 donation from HSBC Malta Foundation. Mr Debattista will be using this to help children and elderly people in Peru’, including the setting up of educational programmes for children.
Pamela Muscat received the Silver Award for Voluntary Work 2014 in recognition of nearly a decade of voluntary work offering support for children with disabilities and including the setting up of the ADHD Support Group.
The Bronze Award went to Noel Aquilina for his long-term commitment to voluntary work and his involvement in the founding of the ‘Breaking Limits’ group through which youths with disabilities organise various activities to promote awareness in various areas such as wheelchair sports.
HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson said: “Many unsung heroes offer their time and energy wholeheartedly to others through voluntary work. Voluntary work is an intrinsic value within our community. It brings respite, support, and hope where it is most needed and drives positive change all around. This distinguished award recognises these individuals and celebrates their outstanding contributions.”
HSBC Malta Foundation leads an extensive Corporate Sustainability drive, which emphasises and encourages participation from the bank’s employees, with a special focus on supporting disadvantaged children, the environment and Malta’s rich cultural heritage. The bank’s Foundation has been a pioneer of Corporate Social Responsibility Day, held annually on 19 March for the past 13 years. CSR Day involves hundreds of employees from different companies, who on this public holiday, work together to assist various worthy causes and caring institutions across Malta and Gozo.