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Hard Rock Cafe gives a supporting hand to injured turtles

Representatives of Hard Rock Cafe Malta, this week gave a supporting hand to the rehabilitation of injured turtles in the Maltese islands – a project which is run by Nature Trust (Malta) .  At present there are four turtles under rehabilitation at San Lucjan tower in Marsaxlokk. Three of these were found recently injured close to the coast mainly having swallowed fishing line and hooks.

In the last months Hard Rock Cafe Malta, launched a campaign where part of the proceeds from a special collectable pin featuring a rockin-turtle pin were aimed at supporting the setting up of a new wildlife rehabilitation centre in Xrobb L-Ghagin. This centre will be providing more modern facilities for the rehabilitation of injured turtles and cetaceans found in the Maltese Islands as well as other local protected wildlife rescued such as hedgehogs, chameleons, bats, and other local mammals and reptiles.

Adolf Vella from Hard Rock Cafe Malta said that since inception Hard Rock had at heart our corporate social responsibility. SAVE THE PLANET is one of our core mottos which are deeply embedded in our global values. We recommend all our fans to follow The Wildlife Rescue Team guidance how to handle injured wildlife and report as indicated below. 

On behalf of Hard Rock Cafe Malta; in Bay Street, Malta Airport and Valletta Waterfront,we would like to thank Nature Trust (Malta) and all their volunteers for their efforts, while thank too all Hard Rock Cafe Malta customers and staff that participated in this campaign. We will proudly share our adoption certificates of both Ann and Roberto. This is Hard Rock!

The Executive President of Nature Trust (Malta) welcomed the great CSR initiative by Hard Rock and said that the funds will be going for turtle medication and to co-finance the rehabilitation centre project where the organisation would have to raise Eur 240,000 from the Eur 1.6 million partly coming from EU funding.  All the plans for the phase two of the Xrobb L-Ghagin Park project are now ready and a MEPA application will be placed in the coming weeks.  Mr Attard added that this will be a project with the support of the Malta Environment and Planning Authority – Environment Directorate which is aimed at the conservation of the Maltese islands biodiversity.  He encouraged other companied to follow the example and help out towards those wild animals that may be found on the Maltese Islands and often end up injured due to human activity.  NTM has also set up donation lines and has an emergency wildlife rescue number – 99999505.

Nature Trust (Malta) has a team of trained volunteers, all covered by MEPA permits to handle injured wildlife and rehabilitate them.  Over the last years turtles, hedgehogs and many other animals were released back to the wild with the support of Vets and the Malta aquaculture Centre in Marsaxlokk.