Beyond The Moon Award given to Daniel Abela & Vodafone

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Beyond The Moon Award given to Daniel Abela & VodafoneBeyond the Moon awards the Vodafone Malta Foundation and young entrepreneur Daniel Abela with a Bronze Award that recognizes significant support by third parties to families of seriously ill children. Beyond the Moon Founder and Manager Pascale Somers was in Malta to present this Award to Daniel Abela and the Vodafone Malta Foundation who have supported more than 10 families in realizing a dream vacation with their children and providing them with invaluable and indelible moments of hope, strenght and joy.

In June 2008 Daniel Abela took on the challenge of rowing single-handedly from Sicily to Malta, in aid of the Puttinu Children’s Cancer Support Group and Beyond the Moon programme. The challenge, supported by the Vodafone Malta Foundation, other commercial entities and the general public, raised funds to pay for a dream holiday at Disneyland Resort Paris for families with a child suffering from cancer or another illness. Puttinu Cares partner Beyond the Moon gives families with a seriously ill child the chance to enjoy a memorable, cost-free vacation in a child-friendly environment and to spend carefree quality time together, far away from hospitals and treatments.

“We can offer our patients the best doctors and nurses, the best medicines and the latest technologies, but Daniel Abela’s initiative goes “beyond” all this. I would like to thank Daniel, the Vodafone Malta Foundation, Puttinu Cares and Beyond the Moon for their concerted effort which has brought happiness in the lives of these children and their families,” said Mr Joe Caruana, CEO of Mater Dei Hospital.

The Vodafone Malta Foundation has over the years been one of the main partners of the Puttinu Cares Children’s Cancer Support Group. “Children always touch are hearts in special ways,” said Gemma Mifsud Bonnici, Chairperson of the Vodafone Malta Foundation. “And they do this even more when they are also vulnerable, sick and in need of love and care. This is not only felt by our Foundation but also by the Maltese community at large, evidenced by the extraordinary support for Puttinu Cares Support Group. I have seen Rainbow Ward transformed into a fairytale environment – a place where children can play and where their families can relax and find respite from the hard moments. I’m honoured that our Foundation is helping out a support group that not simply provides medical care but goes all the way to provide hope to these children and their families. We took up Daniel’s Rowing Mad challenge immediately and we’re happy that is was such a great success. Receiving this award is an honour and it reinforces our commitment to truly make a difference in the society we live in.”

“It is thanks to the unconditional devotion and support of Beyond the Moon’s sponsor ambassador, Sandra Chetcuti, that several successful long-term partnerships with Maltese companies and individuals were established,” said Pascale Somers, Founder and Manager of Beyond the Moon. “Daniel Abela’s challenge and drive to collect so much money for families with a sick child is quite amazing. His main sponsor Vodafone Malta Foundation granted a generous contribution and helped enable us to already offer eleven families with a serious ill child a carefree and cost-free vacation. Six other Maltese families will benefit from a vacation in the near future. We are extremely grateful for this support and have a special way of recognising such loyal sponsors, which consist of various categories of awards. I am very honoured and proud to hand over our “Bronze Award” for the first ten families. It’s owing to the great merit of everyone involved – including Dr Victor Calvagna and his medical team, who nominate the families – that such a fantastic result was achieved and so many Maltese families were made happy.” “Working at the Rainbow Ward is a source of inspiration for all of us,” said Dr Calvagna, President of Puttinu Cares, “the amount of support and help we get from different people and organizations is overwhelming. It is an honour for me to be part of this presentation because I believe that what Daniel Abela did, with the Vodafone Malta Foundation support, is such a noble gesture of goodwill that no simple words can describe. This experience is so encouraging for the families and their children. We’ve just held our Puttinu Cares Marathon over the weekend and seeing families whose children managed to make it through supporting other families whose child succumbed to the illness during this event gives me and my medical team so much satisfaction that makes all our efforts and work worthwhile.” “I never imagined that what started off as a challenging stunt could evolve into a charity event that would deliver so much happiness and joy to so many families and children,” said Daniel Abela, “for this I am deeply grateful to the Vodafone Malta Foundation, other numerous business associates and the public that gave generously and encouraged me when I was preparing for this crossing. The brave children gave me a life lesson – despite all, they look at life with great courage and positivity and they are a great inspiration to all of us. The kind words from the families have made my challenge more of a success and I cherish their holiday postcards jealously.”

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