Pictured above: HSBC Malta Foundation Chairperson Catherine Gonzi, Pauline Bartolo, Fr Mark Cantar, The President of Malta Dr George Abela, Carmen Camilleri and HSBC Malta CEO Mark Watkinson
Pauline Bartolo received the President’s Gold Award for Voluntary Work 2012 for her dedicated work with missionaries in Egypt, Peru, and Kenya. The prestigious award also includes a generous package of €6,000 donated by HSBC Malta Foundation, which Pauline will be using to develop a children’s day care centre in Kenya.
Fr Mark Cantar of Dar Frate Jacoba Youth Alive Foundation received the Silver Award for Voluntary work 2013, while the Bronze Award went to Carmen Camilleri for her longstanding commitment to the Malta Girl Guides.
HSBC Malta Chief Executive Officer Mark Watkinson said: “Voluntary work is part of the fabric of Malta’s society. It is a building block of the country and defines the nation and the character of its people.”
Mr Watkinson said HSBC Malta has been a pioneer of the Corporate Social Responsibility Day, that has been taking place for the past 12 years, and last year involved 400 employees from 7 different companies working in different residential homes or caring institutions.
For the last 3 years HSBC Malta has also been running a Voluntary Leave Day, where the Bank pays a day’s salary to those employees who want to carry out voluntary work for a day.