GRAND PRIORY OF THE MALTESE ISLANDS
Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem
Grand Master: H.E. Don Francesco de Borbon Graf von Hardenberg
50th Grand Master
Affiliate Organisation: RAOUL FOLLEREAU FOUNDATION (MALTA) - THE ORDER OF CHARITY
NGO Number: VO/0980 [registered 30th June 2014]
The Order of Charity is a non-profit organisation set up in Malta in 1967 with the goal of collecting monetary support for the assistance of lepers throughout the World. It forms part of the international Raoul Follereau Foundation established in 1946 by the world famous anthropologist who died in 1977. The main aims of the Foundation are:
- to encourage social help to those suffering from leprosy and other chronic debilitating disease;
- to ascertain that these people are treated as they should;
- to help lepers find their place in society;
- to give financial help to leprosaria and missions working with them.
The Order of Charity in Malta organizes activities around the international day dedicated to sufferers of Hansen's Disease or Leprosy. Leprosy Day falls on the last Sunday of January. The Order's primary aim is to collect monetary donations. In its charitable endeavours, it circulates an annual newsletter among its 1,600 members, issues posters and circulars to all parish churches and church schools in Malta and Gozo, as well as a press release to the main newspapers, radios and TV stations. The donations sent in by the public and the members of the Order of Charity are forwarded to twenty or so different world-wide associations who work among and for the needs of lepers. In 2017, almost €31,000 were distributed among these organisations. A detailed account of money collected and how it was distributed is always included in the annual newsletter. The funds are also audited as part of the consolidated annual financial return of the Grand Priory.
It was most appropriate that this Order of Charity since the beginning of 2009 fell in the hands of the Grand Priory of the Order of St. Lazarus which was originally founded to work in aid of lepers in the Holy Land. The Constitution of the Order of St. Lazarus states that this Order dedicates itself especially to the support and needs of lepers and the various jurisdictions of the Order of St. Lazarus dedicate a substantial part of their philantrophy towards the worldwide fight against this devastating infection.
Hon. Patron - non-executive: H.E. Chev. Dr. Jaime H. Cremona - Grand Prior emeritus
Hon. Executive President: H.E. Chev. Prof. Charles Savona-Ventura - Grand Prior
Hon. Administrator & Treasurer: Chev. Dr. Joseph Galea
Hon. A/Administrator: Chev. Carmelo Pace Taliana
Philanthropic Advisor: Chev. Dr. Joseph Debono
Public Relations Office: Cmdr Elizabeth Cassar & Cmdr Ivan Portelli
Anyone wishing to assist the Order of Charity in its fight against Hansen's Disease can do so by sending their monetary contribution together with their name and address to: Order of Charity, Catholic Institute, Floriana - Malta.
Further information can be obtained from the dedicated FaceBook page.