Thomas Smith Christmas Charity Swim organisers presented €12,000 to H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta on 9th January at San Anton Palace. The money was raised during the 16th edition of the annual Christmas Charity Swim organised in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund.
The 2014 edition of the Thomas Smith Charity Swim marked the first charity swim to be held under the patronage of President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. During the cheque presentation, President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca thanked Thomas Smith Group once again for their support to the Malta Community Chest Fund and L-Istrina.
Managing Director Joe Gerada said "I am very proud that members of the organisation together with participants have shown such solidarity and altruism by raising these much needed funds. I am glad that we were able to make a contribution to the MCCF, whose remit is to help philanthropic institutions and more importantly, the individuals with different needs." Mr. Gerada added that the Thomas Smith Charity Swim is now an annual appointment on the calendar of events of the Office of the President and Thomas Smith, and continues to attract a good number of swimmers.
Joe Gerada, together with Anton Buttigieg, Thomas Smith Port Agency General Manager and Liana Cachia Thomas Smith Marketing Manager, were this year accompanied by Andre Cassar (representing Thomas Smith swimmers), Ashley Rizzo (representing Thomas Smith volunteers), and Sebastian & Thomas Parlato Trigona (representing the young participants) escorted by their mother, Liza Parlato Trigona.
The 2014 Thomas Smith Charity Swim was supported by the Sliema Local Council, Civil Protection Department, Malta Red Cross, Emergency Fire & Rescue Unit, St John's Ambulance, Malta Police Force, Streetcom, Drinks n' More, Joe Bonnici & Sons, X-Zone, H2Only (Island Beverages), Għaqda Dilettanti Sajd Sliema, Għaqda Armar San Ġiljan, Giorgio's Coffee Shop, Clyde Dolceria Valletta, A&M Printing, Sign-It, Visual Trends, Studio 7 as well as many other supporters.