Congratulations to our dear colleague, Pauline Bartolo (Pauline runs the Maltese Jesuit Province's development & fundraising office), who has just been awarded the Premju tal-President għall-Volontarjat (President's Award for Volunteering)!
Pauline dedicated a year of service to a volunteering project in Kenya organised by our Jesuit Youth Network, and consequently set up a school for infants and young children in Kenya, which she has sustained with so much effort!
'It was a huge surprise for me, I was so excited!' Pauline said in a tv interview immediately after she received the award.
"Apart from the prestige of the award itself, the financial award means a lot to me because I can continue to improve the project I'm involved in. I started doing voluntary work with the Jesuits, through the Jesuit Youth Network in 2004 and I owe it all to them! That is when my life changed and I continued to do voluntary work."
Pauline went on to explain how she will use the money awarded to her to build the project she has set up in Kenya, a baby-care centre in Kibera. The money will be used to aid the move into a better premises which will be decorated in a suitable way for the children, and a small garden will be used for growing produce that will help the house's sustainability.
Two more of our friends, Veronica Zammit and Roberto Calleja were also short-listed for the award. Veronica (who works at the University of Malta Jesuit-run Chaplaincy) takes young people overseas on summer volunteering projects organised by the Jesuit Youth Network, and Roberto was awarded for his tireless dedication to the children served by our Paulo Freire Institute in Zejtun.
Well done all of you!
You may view Pauline's interview on TVM here.