Transport Malta auctions autographed Brazil Football kit for charity

Transport Malta will express its support for the Simon Blue Light Foundation by auctioning an autographed Brazil football kit.

During this year’s edition of the World Cup, Brazil’s national football team flew on a Malta-registered aircraft, operated by Air X Malta.  Transport Malta asked for and acquired the team’s kit, autographed by all the players, a kit which the Authority chose to auction for the benefit of the Blue Light Foundation.

The Authority has an enforcement section that operates on our roads and thus is fully aware of the reason and the importance of the goals of this foundation.  The Enforcement section within Transport Malta boasts around one hundred officials, who face numerous dangers while performing their duties and thus, through this symbolic gesture, Transport Malta is helping this foundation achieve its aims.

The Auction will form part of the activities organised by the Foundation on Sunday 2nd December.  The Foundation will be organising a bike ride which will depart from the Police Headquarters in Floriana at 09:00 in the morning to reach its destination in Montecristo.  Transport Malta’s Enforcement Section, particularly its riders, will participate in the event while a number will assist the Police to manage traffic during the activity.

In the meantime, in Montecristo there will be a number of family activities, including food stalls, various attractions and entertainment.

The public will be able to view the autographed Brazil National Team Shirt before the auction, between 10:00 and 11:30 in the morning, in Montecristo.  The auction, led by the auctioneer Pierre Grech Pillow for Obelisk, will start at 11:30 in the morning.  All proceeds will be passed on to the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation.

The Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation is a non-profit organisation that helps officials who are the first to arrive on the scene of an accident, like Police officers, members of the Armed Forces of Malta, Civil Protection Department, Corradino Correctional Facility and Emergency Ambulance Staff.  The foundation provides moral and financial help for these officials and their families, should they get hurt while on duty.

Transport Malta supports the goal of this foundation and encourages the public to participate in both the bike ride and the auction.

During his comment on this gesture, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said: “The purpose of this Foundation is of great importance, especially when one considers the numerous dangers the enforcement officers and other employees from various authorities face when on duty to safeguard road users in Malta and Gozo. The responsibility of each and every one of us is not just our attitude on the road, but this is highly important –  the moment we start the engine we should understand that every action we take that lacks responsibility and attention, can put us and the lives of other people in danger. I praise the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation for this initiative and efforts. I am pleased with Transport Malta’s initiative and encourage the public to be generous as always and participate in this auction to help us help this good cause.”