The Malta Independent 22 October 2020, Thursday

Almost €1.5 million raised for second Dar Bjorn in telethon

Monday, 28 September 2020, 10:40 Last update: about 23 days ago

Almost 1.5 million was raised towards the second Dar Bjorn in a telethon held throughout Sunday.

The telethon ran from midday to midnight on Sunday, and culminated in the raising of 1,436,955 in donations towards the planned second Dar Bjorn.

The planned home in Zebbug is estimated to cost around 5 million in total, and will serve for those suffering from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological conditions. Around 2 million is required for the home to be completed.

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The campaign is fronted by Bjorn Formosa who himself suffers from ALS and who has been a key player in bringing the struggles of those who suffer from the debilitating illness to light. 

The first Dar Bjorn, which was opened in 2017 in Qormi, hosts ALS patients and other patients who suffer from neurological conditions. The home provides 24/7 palliative care to its residents free of charge.

The second home is planned to be bigger and better than that in Qormi, and aims to alleviate the waiting list of some 70 patients for care.

The donation lines remain open, even though the telethon has ended.

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