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Traditional summer camp now in its 34th year meets in glorious Salzburg

Order of Malta members, volunteers and their young disabled guests party in the sunshine

Salzburg, 23 July 2017

group wave! Mozart Place, Salzburg                                             

Group wave! Mozart Place, Salzburg

500 participants – 200 young guests many in wheelchairs, 300 helpers, 28 countries represented – all up for a week of fun and joy – day outings, special activities, a disco, local food delicacies – and spiritual fulfilment.

British guests at the opening ceremony

British guests at the opening ceremony

Love was all around

Love was all around The Order’s Malteser Austria (MHDA) auxiliary first set up the Order of Malta International Summer Camp for young people with disabilities in the summer of 1984. This week, it’s back again, testifying to the spectacular success of the camp, which has been held every summer since, each time in a different European location.

The Lieutenant of The Grand Master joined in The fun

The Lieutenant of The Grand Master, Fra’Giacomo dalla Torre joins in the fun

Photos: Calin Piescu

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


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