07 Mar 2024

Lenten Talk 2024

The Volunteers of the Order organised a Lenten talk held on 5 March 2024 by Mgr Brendan Gatt at the Pastoral Centre San Andrija, Mosta. This was very well attended with around 20 members and aspirants present. The talk proved to be a meaningful and enriching experience for all who attended, deepening their understanding of the sacrament of reconciliation and strengthening their spiritual journey during Lent. The evening drew to a close with some light refreshments.

07 Mar 2024

Card Party 2024

Once again, the highly anticipated fund-raising card party took place at Villa Arrigo on 4th March, 2024. The event saw an impressive turnout, with over 170 participants and volunteers present. Attendees enjoyed various games such as bridge and rummy, followed by a delightful afternoon tea. The afternoon drew to a close with a raffle.
A wide array of homemade savory and sweet dishes, lovingly prepared by our dedicated volunteers, friends & family and were available for purchase during the event.
All funds raised support the children’s programme for the upcoming annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in May. VOTO extend their heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this important event. Many thanks to all the generous sponsors for providing raffle gifts, those who assisted in the preparation of the delicious food, and all card players for attending and supporting our cause.

 

07 Feb 2024

VOTO Ladies Night

This year’s Ladies Night took place at Vecchia Napoli, Salini on February 7th, 2024. We are grateful to the restaurant owners who graciously provided a special rate for us to be able to once again host this event. A total of 47 guests and volunteers were present.
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11 Dec 2023

Children’s Christmas Party

The Volunteers of the Order organised a Christmas party on December 11th at the Marsa Sports Club, bringing together cherished guests and friends. 100 Guests and Volunteers were present. Participants were served starters of bruschetta and a dip, a selection of pasta for the main course, followed by chocolate cake and coffee. In spirit of the festive season, Santa Claus made an unexpected entrance after dinner, delighting everyone with the distribution of Christmas gifts and hampers kindly donated by the Deloitte Foundation.

 

06 Dec 2023

VOTO Christmas Party for Members

The Volunteers of the Order organised a Christmas gathering for members and aspirants at the Cisk Tap Mriehel on the 5th December 2023. Drinks and nibbles were served to the 55 attendees present. To add an exciting twist to this year’s festive gathering, VOTO surprised their members with a raffle. Each attendee was presented with a raffle ticket upon arrival, creating an air of anticipation throughout the evening. As the night concluded, a lottery was drawn, and the lucky winner walked away with a magnum. It was indeed a very pleasant evening, providing a wonderful opportunity for members to connect, unwind, and reflect on the spirit of unity and celebration during this festive season.

 

20 Nov 2023

Fundraising Autumn Lunch

The Volunteers of The Order organised the yearly Fundraising Autumn Lunch at Villa Arrigo last Sunday, 19th November 2023. This was very well attended with 200 adults, 32 children and 21 volunteers helping throughout the day.
The afternoon commenced with holy mass celebrated by Mgr Claude Portelli. Following mass, welcome drinks and different appetisers were served by volunteering helpers. The seated lunch consisted of a mushroom risotto entrée, the traditional slow roasted pork, along with a selection of sides including honey glazed carrots, roast potatoes, peas and pancetta, and a cauliflower and broccoli au gratin. Children were served a homemade timpana. Delicious desserts and petit fours generously prepared by numerous volunteers were then served with coffee. The afternoon was capped off with an exciting raffle featuring 12 prizes, which were generously donated by various parties, plus an extra prize that was handmade and donated by one of our volunteers.
This event was organised by the dedicated team behind VOTO Council, and its success is significantly attributed to the efforts of our various volunteers who played a crucial role in preparing and serving the food. Without their invaluable assistance, we would not have been able to host such a successful gathering. VOTO Council extend their heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, supporters, and donors who played a part, as well as to all those that attended. It is through your support that we can continue to fundraise for our cherished special friends. Many thanks to all involved.

 

22 Oct 2023

Day Trip to Gozo

The Volunteers of the Order organised a day trip to Gozo for Guests and families who previously participated in the Annual Lourdes Pilgrimage and International Summer Camps. This event was held on Saturday, 21st October 2023 and around 100 Guests and Volunteers were present. Participants gathered at Cirkewwa at 8AM and crossed over to Gozo via the ferry. On arriving at the Mġarr Harbour, vans from Dar Tal- Providenza, OMVG, and two private coaches transported participants to the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary in Gharb. Mass was celebrated by Mons. Brendan Gatt at 10:30AM. Following Mass, participants had some time for prayer and reflection at the Shrine behind the altar, and were then transported to Marsalforn for lunch at Smuggler’s. The group then headed back to the Mġarr harbour to return with the 4 o’clock ferry back to Malta.

 

08 Jul 2023

International Summer Camp 2023 Fundraising BBQ

Following the success of the previous years it was decided to host this social evening for present and past Summer Camp attendees, their families and volunteers. The evening opened with a mass celebration by Fr. Savio Vella and Fr. Claude Portelli, followed by welcome drinks and a BBQ at the Marsa Sports Club. The evening was very well attended, with a record attendance of  98 guests.

27 May 2023

Lourdes Reunion/ Sparkling Brunch

The Volunteers of the Order organised a sparkling brunch at The Phoenicia, Valletta  on Saturday, 27 May 2023. This served as a reunion for those who participated in the Lourdes Pilgrimage. The brunch commenced with an aperitif on The Phoenix Terrace, followed by a lavish set menu. To close off the brunch, a raffle was drawn and various prizes were won. Many thanks to the 70 attendees that participated and contributed towards the success of this event, as well as to the generous sponsors that donated the raffle prizes.