Home > News Area > Latest News

Latest News

Worldwide review: the most recent works of the Order
The global Activity Report of the Order 2019 (pdf)

Latest activities of the British Association (pdf)


Romania: Helping the vulnerable through the crisis

Order of Malta Relief Organisation continues its support programmes

After school programme, Romania
                                                       Fomer times: an after school programme, Romania

The Romanian relief organisation of the Order of Malta* has implemented a range of measures in order to fight the effects of the corona virus pandemic

All the programmes involving meeting up with the beneficiaries – particularly, the isolated and elderly lonely and underprivileged children - have been put on hold. The Romanian Government has already introduced a state of emergency, with a strict night time curfew starting last Monday and since Wednesday 25 March the country is in full lockdown, with the army deployed to help enforce it.

The organisation’s secretary general, Ferenc Tischler, describes his team’s current activities:
Care centres
Three of our care centres are still managing to operate, following strict hygiene measures: a residential centre in Dorobanti and one in Timisoara for the elderly, and a night emergency centre for the homeless in Sfantu Gheorghe. With the new restrictions and because these people are in the highest risk category (most are over 65, with pre-existing conditions and low immunity), we have now opened the night emergency centre, and a day centre with activities for them. Up to now they have received only one cold meal in the evening (when they arrived at the centre), but starting on Monday, we will offer them three meals a day, including a warm meal at lunch (with the help of a school kitchen).
Romania - care for the elderly
Romania - care for the elderly
Ongoing food distribution in five cities
We are delivering food packages/bundles to old people. The parcels contain bread and milk, and once a week we bring a package with less perishable food, eg. fruits, cans, flour, oil, etc. These food distributions takeplace in Aiud, Arad, Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare and Sf. Gheorghe, in cooperation with the local municipalities.

Programmes to support the disadvantaged
In Bucharest: we have had to suspend our education programmes for underprivileged children because they don’t have computers at home. For the elderly, we are making contact by phone, offering counselling and comfort and, if needed in the future, we will bring them food and medicine.
In Satu Mare: we run a programme with 80 children. Our team has set up a home ‘after-school’ via the internet with 60 of them. For the 20 not in this programme, the team try to source old notebooks or PCs, so they can participate too.
In Aiud: almost all the 27 children in the after-school programme are also organised for our ‘home-school/home-after-school’ programme via the internet.
In Sfantu Gheorghe: we have many children in our regular programmes. We now very briefly visit them once or twice per week to see how they are. But more important, because these children have had parents working abroad, many of whom have now returned home, we go to them and tell them what they have to do, what rules and regulations they have to comply with now, where to officially register after their return.

Hot lines
Last, but not least, we have hotlines installed in Cluj-Napoca, Satu Mare and Sfantu Gheorghe , in cooperation with the local municipalities and other relief organisations, where we respond to the callers, give recommendations, indications, take their requests and try to solve them. *The Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Romania (SAMR) works in 26 locations with 16 branches in Transylvania and Bucharest. With their 1000 volunteers and 100 staff, they run over 100 social projects for 4000 beneficiaries, with a particular focus on disadvantaged children and elderly poor. 

back to top

Keeping vital contacts

Corona virus measures: Actions of the Order of Malta in Britain

The Order in Britain has had to curtail its activities to support the lonely, the elderly, the homeless, following government guidelines and respecting the health and well being of those they aid, of their their staff and their volunteers. The soup kitchens (3 in London, 1 in Colchester) are closed; the care Homes (70) have restricted visits; the London tea parties (bi-monthly) are suspended. The Order is putting in place programmes in support of those in need.

The Order of Malta is providing special funds to care for the elderly people in their care and for the staff who look after them.
In England:
The Orders of St John Care Trust runs 70 Homes in 4 counties, where 4000 staff care for 3500 residents. The Homes are regularly visited by around 600 volunteers. Now, following the Government’s measures, the residents cannot leave their Homes and visiting is very restricted. To keep contacts going, the Order of Malta is donating towards the provision of iPads for use by residents, so that they can communicate visually with their families and doctors, whilst they cannot leave the Homes.
In Scotland:
The Order of Malta Dial-a-Journey Trust in central Scotland provides transport for the elderly and housebound, taking them to medical appointments, and to shopping outlets and community activities. So that this valuable social and community service does not diminish as a direct result of the current impediments on mobility due to Coronavirus, the Order is providing an additional donation to the work of the Trust.

Soup kitchens: closed until the Government’s position has changed and it is safe to resume them. Tea parties for the elderly: cannot be scheduled until the Government’s position has changed and it is safe to resume them.

Other activities: last week, 230 plants were delivered to care homes in London; letters containing a pen, key fob and card were delivered to the 70 guests who attend the Order’s regular tea parties for the elderly; Easter cards will be sent to as many of the elderly guests as possible, in London and in the 70 Orders of St John Care Trust Homes.

 In addition, the Companions of the Order of Malta (the Order’s auxiliary organisation) have set up a ‘Call Companions’ programme to assist wherever possible the elderly, the pilgrims the Order members and volunteers accompany to Lourdes every year, those in the care Homes and anyone - including Companions and members of the Order - who requires assistance during this period.  

back to top

Special measures at the Order's care home in Madrid

Staff follow strict guidelines for coronavirus

Medical staff of the San Juan Bautista residential home, Madrid
Medical staff of the San Juan Bautista residential home, Madrid

Medical staff at the 84-bed San Juan Bautista nursing home  at Aldea del Fresno, on the outskirts of Madrid, follow all precaution to protect the elderly residents.
The Order of Malta in Spain runs a range of projects in the country's main cities, including care for the elderly, special equine and horticultural therapy for the disabled, summer camps for young people, and soup kitchens in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville (which up until this week have fed many hundreds of homeless and poor every day).

back to top

Corona virus: Order actions around the world

Work is ongoing and continuous to support the vulnerable

Help for the homeless
                                                                   Help for the homeless

Around the world, the Order is supporting the vulnerable and those in greatest need.

EUROPE

ITALY   
Lombardy: the Order of Malta’s Italian Relieve Corps (CISOM) helped set up a new hospital in record time in the Milan Fair pavilions (200 intensive care beds); Order of Malta donating 260 ventilators to it;
Liguria: OM volunteers assisting on Ligurian region's hospital ship, port of Genoa (400 patients)> Daily activities country wide for social support - homeless, the elderly in need, the unemployed, immigrants and those living in extreme poverty - are still up and running
FRANCE
Order of Malta France emergency teams have been working with the prefectures and hospitals since the beginning of the crisis; are assisting the sick and transporting them to hospitals, supporting call centres giving advice on health issues and delivering supplies to hospitals.
GERMANY
Order of Malta has initiated specific training for its medical staff and has opened crisis management centres. Eg In Baden Württember, two drive-through stations test people sent by their doctor without having to leave their cars. There are also numerous mobile clinics for consultations, as well as pre-hospital triage services. Order of Malta’s German ambulance service has been stepped up.
HUNGARY
The Order of Malta’s Relief Corps in Hungary (MMSZ) has activated a service to deliver food and basic necessities to the guests of its 30 institutes for the elderly or sick, now in complete isolation. Has activated online educational services for students – mostly young people from disadvantaged families – in the twelve institutes the Order runs in the country. Freezing temperatures expected in the next days, so MMSZ will temporarily re-open its overnight shelters with 100 beds for the homeless. All measures in total respect of medical assistance and healthcare provisions.
IRELAND
 Order of Malta’s ambulance corps has set up an emergency hotline for those in isolation needing food and/or medicines and offers support to those in need.
SLOVAKIA
Order of Malta is attempting to maintain its activities for the homeless and continues to distribute food and hot drinks.
MIDDLE EAST
 LEBANON Order medical staff have been conducting awareness and educational campaigns in all outlying regions where they have health centres and mobile clinics. All nurses in the Order’s facilities have received Covid-19 training offered by the public Health Ministry.
PALESTINE
In Bethlehem, the Order of Malta’s Holy Family Hospital – the only facility in the region with a neonatal intensive care unit – remains open to take care of the most vulnerable mothers and infants in the region. Infection-control measures have been intensified in line with the Palestinian Ministry of Health protocols and one of the operating theatres is now an isolation ward for infected patients. The lockdown of the region has caused difficulty in moving premature babies or those needing surgery.
ASIA PACIFIC
BANGLADESH
VIrus containment kits have been prepared to help contain the spread, in cooperation with local partners. The Order's international relief agency, Malteser International, has been in the region for years: “With over 60 years of experience in managing crises, including epidemics, we are tackling the coronavirus emergency with the utmost seriousness and professionalism,” Malteser International’s Secretary General Ingo Radtke.
PAKISTAN
Malteser International, has intensified its hygiene information campaigns and established public hand-washing facilities. SOUTH KOREA OM's delegation in South Korea have prepared and distributed thousands of basic kits – including masks and alcohol detergents – to disadvantaged families in the cities of Seoul and Suwon, for around 2000 people.
AUSTRALIA
Order members are preparing food parcels also with hygiene articles such as soap and antibacterial gel; also offering assistance to the elderly in isolation and to the homeless.
AMERICAS
USA
East coast, Hartford, Connecticut: Malta House of Care mobile medical clinic, in cooperation with the St Francis Hospital, has set up a drive-through for coronavirus testing near a busy circular driveway, right in front of the hospital. Patients sent by their doctor to this facility receive a result within 24 hours. California: plans to distribute thousands of hand gel kits.
COLOMBIA
Malteser International has intensified its health and hygiene education activities for migrants and refugees aand host communities in La Guajira department. Health personnel have also received extensive training on protective measures for COVID-19. Mobile medical missions to remote and border areas scaled up, and Malteser International has distributed hygiene articles to people in need.
HAITI
In the poorest country in the American continent, Malteser International is distributing flyers on Covid-19 containing hygiene indications and is offering assistance to the elderly.
PERU Malteser International’s project for the elderly now scaled up, with house calls replacing group activities, providing information on preventive measures to avoid infection with COVID-19. Hygiene materials are also handed out. 

back to top

Care for our older residents

Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) announce special COVID-19 measures

The Order of Malta has many activities around the country which include caring for the vulnerable, and especially the elderly.

Our Care Homes
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) runs 70 care homes in four counties, caring for 3500 residents, as well as providing some assisted living accommodation. The most stringent measures are in place to protect the residents at this time. They are constantly reviewed as matters change. We are currently restricting visitors, as our priority is the safety and wellbeing of residents, their loved ones, colleagues and visitors in our services.

From Friday 20th March the OJSCT enquiry line 0800 988 8133 is manned 7 days a week 8.30am – 6pm Mon to Fri and 8.30am – 5pm at weekends. For more information: https://www.osjct.co.uk/news/latest-update-visitors

How you can help
To learn more about the Homes and how volunteers bring welcome support, click on the video below. To volunteer - https://www.osjct.co.uk/volunteer-us 
 Please note that there are specially defined volunteer groups in place at the moment. 


back to top

Newsletter highlights the work of women around the Order

On Mothering Sunday this special edition showcases their activities to support those in need

Across the world, the Order of Malta runs projects to help the vulnerable. Many of them are inspired and organised by the women who work in and around the organisation.. 
To read about a selection of their works, national and international, click on Hospitaller Spring 2020


hospitaller Spring 2020
Hospitaller Spring 2020

back to top

The language of flowers

Companions of the Order bring blooms to elderly residents

Plant project - Order Companions in London
Plant project - Order Companions in London

Yesterday morning a group of Companions of the Order* organised to take over 230 individual pot plants at some care homes across London. Each one came with a card attached. It held an email address and telephone number in case the elderly person needs assistance. auxiliary organisation of the Order of Malta – volunteers who deliver the works of the Order in Britain.  

back to top

Grand Master: our medical staff and volunteers at the forefront

A letter to the Order's organisations around the world

Fra Giacomo Dalla Torre prays at Lourdes
                                                                 Fra Giacomo Dalla Torre prays at Lourdes

In his Lenten message, Grand Master Dalla Torre to the members worldwide:

Dear confreres and consoeurs, dear professionals, volunteers and supporters of the Order of Malta around the world,

In this unprecedented moment that is uniting over 150 nations worldwide in facing the same grave challenges, my most profound gratitude goes to the Order of Malta’s Associations, volunteers and relief corps who have been contributing in supporting the national health systems in several of the countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our medical staff and volunteers are providing assistance to the elderly who are forced to quarantine at home, by regularly delivering food and medicines, and health teams are deployed to administer tests to the population and to manage some mobile medical units which are equipped to handle the virus, strictly following the healthcare guidelines. Their indefatigable dedication is witness to the Christian message and faith which underlies all the charitable activities of the Order of Malta.
I also wish to express my deepest appreciation to all those medical professionals who – since the onset of the virus – have been working round the clock to assist people affected by this disease.
Every day we read in the news distressing reports on the condition of the people who’ve been hospitalised, many in intensive care, some incubated. We must pray for the sick who, by experiencing isolation, suffer this loneliness the most. Our thoughts also go out to their families: being denied from attending or even saying goodbye to your loved ones is a pain nobody should endure, and I wish to express my sympathy to all those people living this dreadful condition. To them and to all the doctors, nurses and health workers go my prayers and my full and wholehearted gratitude.
With deep regret, it was decided to cancel the 62nd Order of Malta’s International Pilgrimage to Lourdes, one of the most significant moments in the life of the members and volunteers of the Order of Malta. This decision was a very painful one.
Given the rapidly worsening of the situation in France, for the first time in over 160 years the Marian sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes has been closed to the public. It is my hope that many members and volunteers will be able to reunite for the pilgrimage to the Holy Land programmed next November, on the occasion of the 900th anniversary of the death of Blessed Gerard, our founder, trusting that the world will have by then turned this dramatic page in history.
With its over 900 years of Hospitaller tradition in assisting the poor and the sick, the Order of Malta remains close to those in need and those who are suffering in this terrible moment and will continue reaching out to whoever is in need. I would like to recall Pope Francis’ words just a few days ago: “United to Christ, we are never alone”, and I renew the appeal of the Pontiff to ask everyone “to pray for the elderly who are suffering, in a particular way from interior solitude”.
I wish you all a blessed Lent, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto 

back to top

As the virus spreads across the globe, Order of Malta teams are in action

In Europe, Middle East, Asia, support activities are set up

Germany-Order ambulance service on emergency duty
                                           Germany-Order ambulance service on emergency duty 

As the virus spreads across the globe, Order of Malta teams are in action
EUROPE
Belgium: the Order of Malta is forced to close the La Fontaine reception centres in Brussels, Liège and Ghent until 3 April. In these centres homeless are given assistance and the possibility to wash themselves and their clothes. Services for the disabled have also been suspended until 3 April.
Germany: Malteser Deutschland’s medical teams are operating on several fronts. In Baden Württember two “drive-in” stations to test people without having to leave their cars is operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for residents who have received a code from their family doctor after an initial telephone diagnosis. Other Order of Malta activities: setting up and managing mobile clinics, pre-hospital triage services, clinical analysis clinics and expert advice for crisis management. 
Italy: - Milan, one of the most affected areas in Europe, the Order of Malta’s young volunteers are bringing shopping and medicines to the elderly or disabled at home, assisted by the Order’s local Delegation.
           - Perugia, central Italy, Order of Malta volunteers are cooperating with local chemists to bring medicines to the elderly and sick at home, following all health and hygiene standards; volunteers are provided with masks and gloves and the medicines are delivered maintaining a safe distance. The service is provided for those over 65 living alone, with chronic and invalidating diseases, and those over 75 living alone and disadvantaged. The service will operate for the duration of the emergency
            - Rome, the Order of Malta Outpatients’ Clinic in the Magistral Palace remains open (with reduced hours), but the First-Aid Post in the Vatican run by the Order is closed, following the closure of St. Peter’s Square decreed by the Vatican City authorities. 
Spain: the San Juan de Acre soup kitchen in Seville, managed by the Order of Malta’s Andalusian delegation, has closed its dining room where daily meals were distributed to 240 people. The food will now be handed out in bags through a window.
MIDDLE EAST
Lebanon, since the start of the health emergency, the medical staff of the Lebanese Association have conducted awareness and education campaigns among the communities in all the outlying regions where the Order of Malta’s medical centres and mobile medical units operate. In addition, all the nurses of the Order’s centres in Lebanon have undergone special training on Covid-19, offered by the Ministry of Public Health. 
Palestine - Bethlehem, the virus arrived on 5 March, with the consequent total shutdown of the city and surrounding region. The Holy Family Hospital, the Order of Malta’s neonatal facility for vulnerable mothers and babies in the area, remains open with a reduced staff. Some employees with children are at home as chools are closed; some are in quarantine because of recent journeys. One of the operating theatres has been turned into an isolation ward for infected patients. The infection-control measures have been intensified in line with the Palestinian Ministry of Health protocols.
SOUTH EAST ASIA
South Korea: the Order of Malta’s members and volunteers in South Korea have put together an emergency-relief programme for the disadvantaged, whose lives have been further endangered by the Covid-19 pandemic. 25 volunteers filled boxes with food packages and personal hygiene products, totalling over 5 tonnes. 600 cases have been sent to the Daegu diocese for undernourished children, foreign workers and refugees in the most affected region. In this area the free soup kitchens have been suspended. 

back to top

London soup kitchens are currently closed

Amid concerns for all the Order takes this decision

Respecting government guidelines and with concerns for the health and safety of our guests and our helpers we have with regret had to close our soup kitchens in London: Monday's Lincoln's Inn Fields, Wednesday's Breakfast club and the Thursday's soup kitchen. 

Our team leaders and regional coordinators will be in contact with all our helpers and as soon as we can, we let you know plans going forward. 

Our prayers are especially for those suffering due to the pandemic. Pope Francis has reminded us of the importance of small gestures of kindness to each other and exhorted the Virgin Mary to watch over the world, that she ‘….shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.' 

back to top

Coronavirus: the Order's Lourdes international pilgrimage cancelled

It has taken place every May for 62 years

The Grotto, Lourdes Sanctuary
                                                                     The Grotto, Lourdes Sanctuary

In consideration of the worldwide coronavirus alert, and concern for both pilgrims and helpers, the Sovereign Order of Malta has cancelled its annual Lourdes pilgrimage – which has taken place every May for 62 years - and calls for all to pray for those affected. 

Stay close
The Grand Hospitaller, Dominique de La Rochefoucauld: ‘This decision touches us all and above all touches our Lords the Sick. If you cannot visit them, call them; if you cannot call them, write to them. What they need in this moment of solitude is our closeness.’ 
52nd annual Order of Malta international Lourdes pilgrimage
52nd annual Order of Malta international Lourdes pilgrimage

back to top

Coronavirus in Italy: Order medical teams on the ground

Countrywide measures underway

The Order's Italian Rescue Corps (CISOM) has medical teams working in pre-hospital triage in areas countrywide. 

In Umbria, the medical teams are supporting the pre-hospital triage in Amelia and Narni and a CISOM tent has been set up at the hospital in Amelia; in Tuscany, a CISOM tent has been set up at the Volterra hospital. In Calabria, a CISOM tent has been set up at the hospital in Soverato , and the teams are cooperating with the regional “Emergenza Coronavirus” hotline; in Liguria, a medical team is checking temperatures in the port of Genoa.

The Order's First Aid Post in St Peter's Square is currently closed, as is the square itself.

back to top

Order volunteers in action around Italy for the Covid19 healthcare emergency

The Order’s First Aid post in St Peter’s Square is open

Checking a small traveller
                                                                Checking a small traveller

To tackle the Covid-19 healthcare emergency, the Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps (CISOM) has been in action for some weeks. Its medical teams of doctors, nurses and volunteers have been present in 14 Italian airports since 5 February - over 1000-man days in just under a month. The teams participate in health-screening operations for passengers arriving on international flights, as decreed by the Italian Ministry of Health. With a daily average of 38 volunteers, 290 people alternate in emergency actions and in the airports of Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate, Bologna, Firenze, Pisa, Ciampino, Bari, Brindisi, Catania, Venezia, Treviso, Verona, Torino and Pescara.
Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps make checks
Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps make checks

Update 12 March: The Order’s First Aid post in St Peter’s Square is now closed, following the closure of St. Peter’s Square by the Vatican City State authorities. 

back to top

Polish Association of the Order celebrates 100 years

A presence which goes back centuries

Since its foundation in 1920 – and with a history which traces the Order’s presence in Poland since the 12th century – members have been very active in their mission to help the poor and the sick. 
Young volunteers at Polish youth camp
Young volunteers at Polish youth camp
Works today
The Polish Association is celebrating its 100 years with a focus on current activities - a hospital in Barczewo, outpatient clinic in Poznan, help centre for children in Krakow, 70 camps per year for the disabled. The Association has 1000 volunteers, regularly cares for 1600 people every year, plus 6000 occasionally.

Hospital of the Polish underground
Hospital of the Polish underground
The twentieth century
Its recent twentieth century history: after the outbreak of World War II in 1939 an ad hoc Military Hospital managed by the Association was established in Warsaw to treat victims of the Nazi bombings. The Hospital cared for around 15,000 injured and sick people, with nearly 500 volunteer staff working in very difficult conditions in the facility, which was called the “Hospital of the Polish underground”. The Hospital doctors also opened a clinic for the Jewish population who were deprived of medical care due to the restrictive Nazi regulations. 

After the war, Poland came under the occupation of the Soviet Union and the medical activity of the Association was banned. The Polish Association remained active in exile – mainly in Rome and London – and its activities were resumed in Warsaw on October 14, 1992. 

back to top

President of Hungary in visit to the Grand Magistry, Rome

'Your work has great impact in our country'

Grand Chancellor with the Hungarian Presidential couple
                                                      Grand Chancellor with the Hungarian Presidential couple

The Hungarian President, Janos Ader, met with the Order's Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Boeselager in Rome yesterday. 
The meeting took place on the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations in 1990 - an opportunity to confirm the excellent relations that over the years have created numerous Order of Malta and Hungarian Republic joint projects in the social-healthcare and humanitarian sectors for disadvantaged communities and individuals. 

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Budapest last October to develop programmes for the protection of ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa and other crisis regions - as an additional memorandum to the agreement signed in 2010 for humanitarian aid initiatives.

President Janos Áder recalled the important role played  by the Order of Malta’s Hungarian Association – established in 1928 – and its relief corps (MMSz), active since 1989. “Your relief corps is one of the best in eastern Europe,” he said.  MMSZ is one of the major health and welfare agencies in the country - for which the President’s wife. Anita Herczegh, is one of their Goodwill Ambassadors.
Hungarian flag flies beside that of the Sovereign Order
Hungarian flag flies beside that of the Sovereign Order

The service manages 350 units, with a staff of 5000 and 15,000 volunteers and has 142 groups operating nationwide. Its main areas of action are assistance to the disabled and the elderly, the distribution of meals to the homeless, projects for students from disadvantaged families, support for the Roma community and all the vulnerable minorities, including those million Hungarians who live outside their country

Link to the video of the event:  https://youtu.be/wDOSqbuaOUo 

back to top

Greater efforts against human trafficking are needed

Grand Master's annual address to the diplomatic corps

Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps
                                                                 Grand Master addresses the diplomatic corps

The Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto, received today the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Sovereign Order of Malta for the traditional audience of the beginning of the new year. The audience took place at the Magistral Villa in Rome. 

In his address, which detailed the Order’s work around the world over the last year for those in great need, the Grand Master called for greater action in the fight against human trafficking, for more awareness of the contribution that faith based organisations and institutions make on the field of humanitarian assistance, and for the need to protect human rights and dignity.  

back to top

Accompanying the homeless

Breakfast club celebrates third anniversary

The breakfast club set up
                               The breakfast club sets up

Every Wednesday the Companions of the Order of Malta run their breakfast club for the homeless, hosted at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, 24 Golden Square, in central London. Today it celebrates its third anniversary.

Set up starts 6am, and doors open to the homeless guests between 6.15 and 7.45am. The parish centre is made up of a kitchen, hall and showers. Around 25 guests are served a hot breakfast and up to 16 guests are able to take a shower. The homeless guests also receive new underwear, toiletries, and T-shirts. 

The project was launched in January 2017 and is also keen for helpers who can come for all or some of the time.

back to top

Order of Malta Australia launches bushfire appeal

Thousands lose homes, animals, stock

Bushfires threaten lives and homes
                                                                   Bushfires threaten lives and homes

The Order of Malta’s Association in Australia expresses its deepest concern for the violent bushfires which have been raging for months through parts of the country. The unprecedented fires have already claimed over 28 lives. Millions of animals have perished. Millions of acres have burned so far, in an area larger than Belgium. 

Direct assistance for fire victims
The Hospitaller of the Association, John Murphy, who has launched a fundraising appeal, describes current action: “The Order of Malta in Australia is responding to the immediate needs of the affected communities in various areas on the east and south coasts. Together with some local parishes, on the south coast of New South Wales we have managed to offer direct assistance to many people who have lost their homes, and in Victoria we are distributing food vouchers.”

More catastrophic weather on the way
Further catastrophic weather conditions are forecast from Friday, local authorities have warned. 3,000 army reservists, along with aircraft and naval ships, are being made available to help with evacuation from afflicted areas.

The Order of Malta Australia will use money from its Natural Disaster Fund to provide emergency relief to those directly impacted. The Association is exploring with its regional Hospitaller network how best to provide assistance to the thousands who have lost homes or are stranded.

back to top