The valletta Local Council has lauched a campaign against substance abuse and in favour of a vice-free capital. Present for the launch were Dr. Paul Borg Olivier, Mayor of Valletta, Dr Alexiei Dingli, Councillor and Chairman of the Valletta Community Network, Mr. Joe Gerada from Sedqa and Appogg and Mons. Victor Grech from Carita Malta.
The week-long campaign was launched in collaboration with sedqa and Appogg agencies, other Valletta-based NGOs and the support of Caritas on the occasion of European Day Against Drugs.
The campaign, aims to reach all sectors of Valletta's society, from youths to the elderly and other residents, to promote healthy living and fight drugs on a primary level. It was organised as a result of feedback from the Valletta Community
Network, which has been operational for over a year.
Set up with Appogg, the network works with other NGOs, parishes and religious institutions to identify social problems and send them through to the right channels, said Valletta mayor Paul Borg Olivier as quoted in The Times.
"Substance abuse was not just a Valletta problem, but the idea was to create more sensitivity towards it residents," he said. Beyond the infrastructure, events and culture that the capital city was predominantly associated with, its community also had to be analysed and supported, Dr Borg Olivier said.
Valletta had two realites - the cafés and shops, and lifes everyday problems, including drugs and solitude. The campaign includes a series of meetings, seminars, art workshops and activities throughout the week, including a football match between the public and the players of the Valletta football team.
Meetings will also be held addressing unemployment, and residents will be invited to donate blood at the mobile unit in Freedom Square. The events are in keeping with the idea of alternative leisure which involves how to have fun without falling into the trap of certain vices.
The campaign is being co-ordinated by Tatiana Camilleri, the Community Worker within the Valletta Community Network.