Earlier this month, the Remax & Friends Foundation launched a charity drive to purchase reading equipment for more than 67 visually impaired children, thus enabling them to read. The drive is being supported by the President’s Trust and the National Literacy Association.
The foundation – together with 27 local Remax real estate offices, located around the Maltese Islands – is organising a series of mini-charity events to raise funds to help the President’s Trust reach its target of €96,000, which would sufficiently fully finance the purchase of this much-needed equipment.
The Remax & Friends Foundation was set up in 2014 to focus primarily on fundraising for local children who suffer from chronic illness. It has since contributed to several major NGOs in Malta, including providing financing for the indoor and outdoor play area of the Rainbow Ward at the Sir Anthony Oncology Ward located at Mater Dei.
The #HelpThemRead campaign is an initiative originating from a sub-committee formed by the foundation to represent the Remax Malta franchise owners, managers, associates and staff.
“We created a sub-committee so that our people have a voice as to what events and causes we should support,” says Jeffrey Buttigieg, a member of the Remax & Friends Foundation board. “This has resulted in amazing support from our people, the community and local authorities in assisting us to raise funds for these visually impaired children.”
Over the past few weeks, Remax offices have already planned and organised a number of fundraising activities to ensure that the target is reached. Among them, Remax Central in Naxxar held a bake sale, whereby associates and employees of the company baked all sorts of recipes and sold them from outside their offices. Meanwhile, Remax Alliance Pietà teamed up with Danny’s Kitchen & Deli at the recent Craft Beer Festival and collected funds there for every burger sold. Finally, Remax Central organised a bingo event at Hilltop Gardens in Naxxar.
The following events are also planned: a lemonade and hot dog stand in Sliema today (Remax Affiliates, Crown Sliema); Meet and Greet with local TV personalities in Msida today (Remax Affiliates, Msida); Ibraġ Blindfold Run from St Julian’s to Sliema on Friday (Remax Affiliates, Executives Ibraġ); a 60s, 70s and 80s party at Numero Uno on October 5 (Remax Alliance, Tigné); and a book sale in Valletta on October 6 (Remax Regional Office).
“We are so grateful to our teams for their enthusiasm and dedication to the foundation. The results are really bearing fruit,” Mr Buttigieg added. “Together we look forward to the day when visually impaired children in Malta can enjoy reading just like their peers. We encourage the public to get in touch and to get involved with the foundation’s activities where possible.”
A number of companies have also contributed to the success of the #HelpThemRead campaign, including Eighty-Eight Ltd, a bespoke branding firm for the concept and artworks, as well as Jugs, the event organising company, which has offered full support for these charity events.
There are a number of events which will be organised over the next few weeks that may be followed by logging onto the Remax & Friends Facebook Page ( https://www.facebook.com/remaxandfriends/ ). Anybody interested in attending any of these events will find the full details in the Events Section.
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