Free-Gifts Campaign – Relaunched – New Offers! The Free Gifts Campaign is a campaign organized by the KPS-Chaplaincy Voluntary Sub-Committee. This campaign encourages all University students to give of their free time, energy and talents to others who need attention and care. In the first semester, more than 120 students chose to take part in this initiative. Most spent time with children at various homes. Another group went regularly to Holy Family Home in Naxxar to befriend senior citizens, helping them out at mealtimes. Others chose to help persons with special needs in their craft sessions. Most went to Razzett tal-Hbiberija and others helped S.T.A.N.D. A group of about 30 students chose to stretch beyond their comfort zones and reach out to asylum seekers who are living in the open centres at Balzan and at Hal Far. A smaller group chose to work in the environment, teaming up with Nature Trust to work in their projects.

The Free Gifts campaign is being launched again in second semester, having an introductory meeting on the 28th February at 6.30pm at Dar Manwel Magri sj. Apart from the previous opportunities, new places will be offered, including: playing with children at hospital; helping with personal development programmes with young people and Caritas; working with the Third World Group in literacy and after school projects in Valletta; as well as feeding and taking care of animals at the Island Sanctuary. The date and time of when the students do this voluntary work is established with great flexibility according to their availability and that of the project with whom they are working. Any university students who are interested can obtain more information or an application by writing to voluntary@ksu.org.mt; chaplaincy@um.edu.mt or phoning on 2340 2341 and asking for Ms. Christine Sammut or Fr. Jimmy Bartolo sj.