President visits L-Istrina BOV Piggy Bank Campaign coin counting process

Last Updated on Friday, 22 December, 2023 at 10:35 pm by Andre Camilleri

President of Malta, Dr George Vella and Mrs Vella visited Bank of Valletta’s Head Office in Santa Venera to assist in the final phases of the sorting and counting of the money collected through the L-Istrina BOV Piggy Bank Campaign.

The L-Istrina BOV Piggy Bank Campaign is a very complex campaign involving many volunteers as well as the Malta Community Chest Fund and Bank of Valletta that sees eco-friendly piggy banks being distributed in all classes in all primary and secondary schools in Malta and Gozo. The aim of this campaign is to encourage the spirit of solidarity in our children from a very young age.

“This is just a glimpse into the incredible effort and dedication that hundreds of people put in to arrive to this moment, from designing and producing the piggy banks, distributing them across all schools, promoting the campaign, and then collecting them, before we start sorting and counting the thousands and thousands of coins that are collected,” said His Excellency.

“Each and every donation collected, no matter how small, will definitely make a difference in the lives of those who need the Malta Community Chest Fund’s assistance in any way, and Mrs Vella and I wholeheartedly thank all of Malta’s school children, their parents and all the staff at participating schools who help make this campaign a success.”

The President was greeted by BOV CEO Kenneth Farrugia and Chief Operations Officer Ernest Agius. Several of the Bank’s Executive Committee members were also present.

“It is indeed a pleasure to see this campaign reach a milestone 20 years, during which we have presented almost €3 million to L-Istrina from funds collected through the campaign and donations made by the Bank,’ said Kenneth Farrugia. “We are also proud to say that even though we are still sorting and counting the funds, we have already surpassed the amount collected last year, which amount will be announced during the live transmission of L-Istrina.”

All funds collected through this campaign are sorted and counted, and the final sum together with a donation by Bank of Valletta is presented to the President during the live broadcast of L-Istrina being held at the Kirkop Sports Complex on the 26th December 2023.

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