Medicinal Expenditures to Treat cancer Estimated to Rise By 12 Or 13 Million Euros This Year
President of Malta George Vella expressed the donations made by people to MCCFF (Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation) as not just a charity act to help the needy, but mainly an investment in endorsement for the future needs.
Recently, the President spoke during a gathering regarding the donations collected in support of the MCCFF by numerous clubs and voluntary associations in Naxxar. This event is being held every year since the last 26 years. This event was organised in compliance with all precautionary measures laid down by the government and the health authorities to fight against COVID-19. It took place outside the headquarters of the Naxxar Scouts.
All About the Event Organised By MCCFF
President George Vella expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the people of Naxxar for their generous deeds and threw a grand feast, despite the unusual circumstances. The difficulties faced by MCCFF is much larger in the present days, as cited by the President. With the price of cancer medicines getting skyrocketed, the no. of patients in need of help has drastically risen. The expenditure on medications was below 1 million euros in 2015 that exceeded 10 million euros by 2019. With the exceeding needs, more than a million euros a month is required to tackle this urgency, as stated by the President.
The MCCFF spent its funds not only in assisting people with health issues but also helping out NGOs. In case any funds were available in the past, MCCFF helped NGOs undertake social initiatives to help people with disabilities and made proper use of this money. However, at this point, the organisation is unable to afford such expenditure without any substantial help.
Due to the pandemic, several annual activities organised by various philanthropic organisations couldn’t take place, including the Fun Run and the Rockestra concert of the MCCFF. Besides, with businesses going through a tough period, entrepreneurs could only afford comparatively smaller donations.
Further, the traditional fundraising measure by the Naxxar community was commended by the President as an example that unity can still persist within the society despite the contradictory opinions, as called for by civilisation and democracy.
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