[SLIDESHOW] MOAS, young hero among those honoured on Republic Day
Hero who saved drowning baby, Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), former GWU secretary general Tony Zarb, and winning team of Junior Eurovision song contest among those honoured with Gieh ir-Repubblika awards • Full list of Republic Day honours
13 December 2015, 4:20pm
Presiding over the Investiture Ceremony at The Palace, Valletta, President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca paid public tribute to a number of Maltese citizens who distinguished themselves in different fields of endeaviour, by appointing them to The National Order of Merit or to the Xirka Ġieħ ir-Repubblika, or by awarding them the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.
Former General Workers’ Union (GWU) Secretary General Tony Zarb was appointed as a Member of the National Order of Merit after leading the union for 16 years. Members of the winning team of this year’s Junior Eurovision were among 11 personalities who were awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. The medal was awarded to singer Destiny Chukunyere and her accompanying team, including Maria Abdilla, Roberta Debono, Matthew Mercieca and Elton Zarb.
Philanthropist Christoher Catrambone, one of the founders of the migrant offshore aid station (MOAS); Lord Jonathan Marland, the Chairman of Commwealth’s Enterprise and Investment Council; ALS Malta founder Bjorn Formosa; and half-Maltese animator and director Kyle Balda were among those who received an award.
Karl Curmi, the ten-year-old boy who in July saved a 20-month-old baby from drowning in Marsalforn, was awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika.
During the Ceremony, twelve members were appointed to The National Order of Merit, two of whom received the award on an honorary basis. One person was awarded the Midalja għall-Qlubija and eleven other individuals and groups were awarded the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. Two of the latter were awarded posthumously, one of whom was awarded on an honorary basis.
In terms of the Ġieħ ir-Repubblika Act, the President of Malta, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister, has made the following appointments to The National Order of Merit as well as the following awards of the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika:
Member of the National Order of Merit:
Mr Kyle Balda
Mr Benny Borg Bonello
Prof Roger Ellul Micallef
Prof Hector Galea
Prof Peter Vassallo
Mr Tony Zarb
Mr Pierfrancesco Vago
Officer of the National Order of Merit:
Mr Joseph Sammut
Lord Jonathan Marland
Midalji għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika:
Mr Charles Coleiro
Mr Bjorn Formosa
Mr Vitorin Galea*
Ms Joyce Guillaumier
Mr Charles N Mifsud
Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
Dr Mario Scerri
Winning team of the Junior Eurovision 2015
Mr Alfred Zarb
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