"Solidarity pro mental health" in Shkodër

 On March 3, 2007, it was the "Solidarity pro mental health" day in Shkodër. On this occasion, the Norwegian Organization "The Door" organized a campaign in fund raising where volunteers from other organizations and groups took part: Youth Parliament, "The Door", "Malteser Albania", Norwegian Embassy, Shkodra Hospital, the special school of handicap children "3 Dhjetori", the Rozafa TV and the Town Hall. The aim of this service was to gather money from people on the streets, from businessmen, shops, and use them for the mental hospital needs. There was a children's show as well at the center of the city and a fair with handmade fancywork made by the children of the special school.
The service took place from 9 am to 7 pm and all the volunteers were engaged in gathering as much money as possible. There were nine Malteser volunteers who offered their service during this "Solidarity pro mental health" day in Shkodër. They showed the ability and above all the desire to help people in need.
On March 4, during the charity feast, a special thanks and diplomas were given to all the volunteers who offered their time and contribute.

Day of the sick

It is a good tradition in Albania that on the day of Our Lady of Lourdes, called "The day of the sick", all the parish churches organize Mass where sick faithful participate.
On February 10, this Mass was organized in the Cathedral of Laç Vau  Dejes and was celebrated by Msgr. Lucian Avgustini with the parish priest and other priests who were present.
On February 11, the Mass was organized in the Cathedral of Shkodra and was celebrated by Msgr. Angelo
Massafra, with the parish priest and other priests as well.
During these two Masses the presence of the Volunteers of "Malteser Albania" was important. In Laç Vau Dejes, the volunteers were to help sick people in need.
In Shkodra, the Volunteers were to collaborate with the Sisters of Mother Teresa "Missionaries of Charity" in transporting the sick children and old and sick people from their houses to the Church and vice-versa.
At the end of the two Masses, celebrants gave thanks to all those who helped in organizing the Masses, and a special thank was given to Malteser Albania.
There were eight Malteser volunteers taking part during two Masses and two cars were in service.


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