MADC donates 4200 euros to the Malta Hospice Movement

Last week, the MADC - Malta Amateur Dramatics Club presented a cheque of 4200 euros to the Malta Hospice Movement.  These funds were raised in its November production of Calendar Girls, where a percentage of ticket sales was donated to the Hospice Movement, and also with the sales of its very own 2013 Calendar featuring well known Maltese women as well as actresses from the theatre production, in the nude.

The production which was directed by Nanette Brimmer and featured a stellar cast including 6 women who dared to bare all on stage, received excellent reviews by the local press and its patrons.  The play is based on a true story and focuses around 6 female protagonists who raise money to buy a sofa for the cancer unit at a hospital after one of their husbands pass away from Cancer.  By posing nude for a calendar, they’ve since raised millions with this initiative.  Ms Brimmer stated how passionately she felt about directing this production, because so many of us are affected in one way or another by this terrible disease.

Mr Vincent Zammit, Chairman of Hospice Malta was very touched by the gesture and stated how important these fund raising initiatives are - In 2008 the council management of Malta Hospice decided on a project to incorporate a community, outpatient and an inpatient unit with a minimum of 25 beds to compliment the 16 beds which will be available at MDH oncology and palliative care unit.  For over four years Council have been in various discussions with the Health Dept regards this project where it is earnestly hoped Government will provide the land and a grant for the running costs of the project. The whole project itself will be funded by Hospice Malta.

The main objects of an inpatient unit are three fold:  Patients symptom control, Respite care to give carers a much needed break, Place of death where one can die with full dignity surrounded by all his loved ones.  These services like the others will remain completely free to our patients and their families and friends.

Kate de Cesare, spokes person for the MADC stated - The MADC is thrilled to have been able to do its part for such a worthy cause.  The nude calendar and the production itself stirred mixed feelings with some people praising the initiatives and others critiquing the need to bare flesh in order to raise money – however having raised such a decent sum for such a worthy cause, few could dispute that these ladies did a very, very good thing.