On Friday the 7th of February 2020, the MCCV Vice President, Antonia Camilleri together with her husband Joe Camilleri answered a call by the St Bernadette nursing home in North Sunshine, Victoria to visit an elderly Maltese resident. The resident was finding it difficult to settle in and was experiencing isolation. The activities coordinator, Kerry Goral, asked the MCCV if someone could visit to keep the Maltese cultural link alive.
The elderly gentleman was delighted to have company and Antonia and Joe also assisted him by making a call to his son.
While visiting St Bernadette’s Antonia and Joe met other Maltese residents and even came across an old friend.
St Bernadette’s is looking for Maltese volunteers to regularly visit the Maltese residents. Antonia and Joe visit about 4 nursing homes in the Western Suburbs every 2 months. They often take out Maltese snacks, music and books. Residents in nursing homes really enjoy the company and the opportunity to speak Maltese.
We need more volunteers like Antonia and Joe to assist with these visits across Victoria, so if anyone is interested we would be happy to provide training and resources to assist