Thomas Smith Group presented the €5,000 in funds raised in 2016 despite the cancellation of the annual Christmas Charity Swim scheduled on Sunday 18th December. The swim was cancelled due to weather conditions that would have been hazardous to swimmers. Managing Director, Joe Gerada, together with Liana Cachia, Group Marketing & HR Manager, presented the funds to H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta, on 22nd December at San Anton Palace.
During the cheque presentation, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca thanked Thomas Smith Group for their efforts and dedication in organising the Charity Swim annually, and commended the Company for contributing towards the final amount of the €5,000 donated. The amount was reached through public donations and topped up by Thomas Smith Group and also through the Thomas Smith Staff Solidarity Fund, who collected donations throughout 2016 via Dress Down Fridays initiatives.
The President of Malta Marie- Louise Coleiro Preca receives representatives of Thomas Smith on a courtesy callEver since its inception, the Group, together with the swimmers’ donations have collected just over €102,000.
“Cancelling the swim has been of great disappointment to the Company and the members of the organising team, as well as to keen supporters who were eagerly awaiting the swim. Unfortunately the weather was not in our favour this year and rescheduling proved difficult. We look forward to the 19th edition to be held in 2017, on Sunday 17th December,” said Joe Gerada, Managing Director at Thomas Smith Group. “The Thomas Smith Charity Swim is now an annual appointment on the calendar of events of the Office of the President, and following this year’s positive response, it continues to attract an ever-growing number of participants, expressing their solidarity and altruism.”
The Company would like to extend its appreciation to all who supported the event, including participants who have once again shown great enthusiasm. Regular supporters included the Sliema Local Council, Civil Protection Department, the Malta Police Force, Malta Red Cross, St John’s Rescue Corps, Għaqda Dilettanti Sajd Sliema, Drinks n’ More, Vertex Vending Services Ltd., X-Zone, Island Beverages, Fresco’s Café & Restaurant, Cara’s Cafeteria, J. Bonnici & Sons, Clyde Dolceria, Content Factory, WAVA, Karl Borg Events, SignIt, LovinMalta, Eve.com.mt, as well as others.