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Friends of M.C.H Society

 
 

Mission Statement

The Friends of Mount Carmel Hospital Society seeks to promote awareness within the community towards persons who are receiving treatment at Mt Carmel Hospital. This is achieved by:
Acting as a link between the hospital and the community
Being of assistance so that services delivered within Mount Carmel Hospital would be of greater benefit to users.  

 
The Society

The Friends of Mount Carmel Hospital Society (formerly known as Friends of Attard Hospital Society) was set up in 1964, and its founder members were Dr.Joseph Pullicino, Fr.Dionisius Mintoff and Mr.Joe Borg Bonello. The first President of the Society was Ms.Feldman, wife of the ex-U.S. Ambassador to Malta, followed by Sir Anthony Mamo, Prof.J J Cremona, and Mr.Joe Borg Bonello, present incumbent.
 
From its onset the Society organizes annually a grand Christmas fair within the Hospital area with the specific aim of attracting people to the hospital and eradicate as far as possible the stigma against persons suffering from mental disorders and wrong perceptions about the hospital environment. In fact one basic attraction of the fair has always been and still is items of handcrafts made by the patients attending the Occupational Therapy Unit.
 
During the years the Society was instrumental towards the setting up of various projects, such as the Social Centre wherein during the day male and female patients mix up and socialise together, the Young People''''s Unit providing a safe and supportive environment for youngsters with psychiatric and emotional problems with the aim of rehabilitating them back in the community. The Society also donated funds for the purchase of: medical equipment, the re-construction of the Seclusion Unit and refurbishment of certain wards, kitchen units for various wards, gym equipment for the Occupational Therapy Unit, a coach and van with lifter for wheelchair cases as well as the furnishing of a community care flat in Mgarr, Malta.
 
On the occasion of Women''''s Day, the Society distribute carnations to all female patients and staff in appreciation of their dedicated work. Another initiative by the Society is to give prizes for the best decorated wards during Christmas.
 
In line with its mission a group of volunteers visit the patients'''' wards on a monthly basis and distributes by rotation, sweets, snacks, pastries and other refreshments. Besides, the Society assists financially or in kind needy cases and contributes towards holidaying of patients in Gozo or abroad.
 
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2009, the Society organized for the first time, a conference on Empowerment and the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-Being The main speaker was Ms Mary Van Dievel, Director Mental Health Europe, who was invited by our Society specifically for this occasion, and with the participation of the Hon. Mario Galea, Mrs Kate Gonzi, Mr Joseph Borg Bonello, President FMCH Society and Mr Joseph Borg, Vice President and Focal Point Mental Health Europe.
 
The Friends of Mount Carmel Hospital Society is affiliated with Mental Health Europe, based in Brussels; Caravan 2000, based in Hadamar, Germany; with the local Malta Health Network and the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability. The Society is a registered non-profitable organization according to Maltese Law. (reg. no. V.O./0059).
 
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the Friend of Mount Carmel Hospital Society, can do so direct to our bank account: HSBC 08031635001.
 
Society Address:
c/o 16 Vjal in-Naspli San Gwann SGN 2527
 
Current Committee
 
President:
Mr. Joseph Borg Bonello
 
Vice President:
Mr. Joseph Borg
Email: josborg5@onvol.net  
 
Secetary/Treasurer:
Mr. John Lanzon (99852866)
Email: johnlanzon@euroweb.net.mt
 
Assistant Secretary:
Ms. Marion Saliba
 
PRO  Mr Evan Chetcuti
 
Members:
Dr. Clifton Grima    CEO  MCH
Dr Anton Grech      Chairman of Psychiatry  MCH
Catherine Galea
Maria Daniela Farrugia
Therese Runza
Marion Saliba
Chantelle Sciberras
Rayfonz Borg
Liana Caruana Colombo
Marlene Lanzon
Rita Micallef
 
Chaplain      Fr. Dionisius Mintoff