Qalb it-Tfal Foundation donates life supporter mannequins to Mater Dei

Qalb it-Tfal Foundationin Mater Dei Hospital has set up a Basic Life Support programme at the NPICU to teach and guide new parents on how to deal with stressful situations including choking, CPR and assessing their new born child

Qalb it-Tfal Foundation together with the highly dedicated staff at the NPICU (Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit) in Mater Dei Hospital has set up a Basic Life Support programme at the NPICU to teach and guide new parents on how to deal with stressful situations including choking, CPR and assessing their new born child.

To set up the programme, the foundation purchased six Basic Life Support mannequins – two specialised mannequins for health care professionals to improve their skills whilst the other four are to be used to teach Basic Life Support Skills to a wider audience including staff and the general public. The mannequins, unveiled over the Christmas period, will be loaned out to health care professionals, BLS providers and for teaching purposes in schools and Mater Dei Hospital in the NPICU where they are based.

Working alongside the Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (NPICU) and the Medical Illustration Unit at Mater Dei Hospital, Qalb it-Tfal Foundation is set to release multidisciplinary informative video clips and leaflets to help educate parents on how to use Basic Life Support skills on their neonates and children.

The mannequins were purchased thanks to the fundraiser organised by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, along with the sponsorships from Prohealth LTD, Ganado Advocates and Blevins Franks Charitable Foundation and many donations from the public.  Qalb it-Tfal Foundation is committed to continuing its work to help and support children in need within our society, as vulnerable children need to be heard. The foundation is aiming to:

•    Provide a counselling/psychological service to parents and staff within the NPICU in the first quarter of 2018.

•    Purchase or rent an apartment where families are able to stay, so that they can be close to their children whilst they are in the NPICU. This is a long-term project which has no date, yet it is one of the projects QIT would like to reach one day.

•    Continue to help children suffering, but in 2018 put more focus on children suffering due to a problematic social background.

Qalb it-Tfal Foundation offers constant support to the Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (NPICU), Mater Dei Hospital, Malta.

The foundation is a voluntary organisation that raises money through fundraising activities throughout the year. Through the money raised the NPICU at Mater Dei Hospital already benefitted from a Cooling Cap machine which helps neonates with perinatal asphyxia, folding beds and other necessities for parents of long-term paediatric cases and neonatal nests which help staff nurture and position NPICU babies as if they are still in their mother’s womb.

Miguel Pace
Qalb it-Tfal Foundation


Gozo home of Mgr Gauci not used according to his wishes

The exponents – Rev. Fr Victor Vella, Douglas Andrew Savege, Rev. Mgr Dr Joseph Vella Gauci, and Rev. Fr John Mejlak – are next of kin to the deceased Reverend Monsignor Dr Anton Gauci who in virtue of a deed of donation enrolled in the records of Notary Paul George Pisani of the 9th March 2013 had inter alia assigned and transferred by way of donation to Victor Gusman, administrative secretary and in representation of the aforesaid diocese, the residential house of the donor without number and named Villa Mons Gauci situated in Pope Paul John II Street, Rabat, Gozo, with the land adjacent to it both at the front and the rear occupying the area of about 1760 square metres, subject to the express condition that this property shall be perennially used for pious, pastoral and charitable purposes.

The exponents have an immediate interest to safeguard the memory of the late Reverend Monsignor Dr Anton Gauci as well as to bring to the attention of respondents instances of defaults and deviations from the intentions of the said Reverend Monsignor Dr Anton Gauci in the transfer of the aforementioned property and the purposes for which it was transferred and the use that is being made thereof.

It was recently broadcasted that part of the same premises has been inaugurated as a centre for artists who carry out artistic works for the Church and that according to the Bishop of Gozo who has opened officially the same centre “this is a project aimed at improving the art and the liturgy, which he said go hand in hand, because they make visible that which is not seen.” The exponents feel that the inauguration of this centre does not respect the true will of the donor because the development of art whether for liturgical purposes or otherwise, does not fall within the definition of neither pious, nor pastoral nor even charitable purpose and does not fit in within the framework of the Catholic social teaching (CST) throughout the ages.

More significantly the management of this centre shall involve an economic commitment of considerable proportions which should be reflected in the diocesan annual report and accounts which to date have not been published.

While formally bringing all the above to the attention of the Gozo Bishop’s curia as respondents, the exponents are as of now firmly protesting against those actions which do not respect the true wishes of the donor, and as of now hold the respondents in culpa, dolo and mora for all intents and purposes of the law.

Dr Alfred Grech
Victoria, Gozo