Arthur Demarco awarded the Youth of the Year 2008 award by the OASI Foundation

The Ministry of Gozo, Hon. Giovanna Debono preceded the 16th edition of this prestigious event held last Saturday, the 22nd of November, 2008 at the Sala Kappella of Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, in Gozo.  Also present for this national event were other members of Parliament and heads of voluntary organisations and civil departments. 

Hon. Giovanna Debono acknowledged publicly the immeasurable amount of voluntary activity done for no personal gain but done solely and constantly by Maltese and Gozitan youths. Hon. Debono encouraged youths to continue to nourish this community service and never to give up on helping others, even in front of a thousand difficulties. She also added that youths are an asset for the well being of our society, in fact she focused on the importance to invest in our youths since they can change and improve our society with the adequate resources and motivation.  Hon. Minister concluded her speech by saying that organisations such as the OASI Foundation, which promote the well being done by the youths, is an important asset in our society to promote a positive attitude towards the youths and towards the whole society, especially through the motto "Life is beautiful". 

Hon. Giovanna Debono presented Arthur Demarco with the Youth of the Year Shield for 2008. He will keep this shield for the next 12 months until the time comes for him to hand it over to next year’s Youth of the Year. 

The aim of this event, annually organised by the OASI Foundation together with the National Youths Council, in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, the Ministry of Family and Solidarity, the Ministry for Education, Culture, Youths and Sport, is to publicly acknowledge and appraise the voluntary work in society carried out by many Maltese youths. This year was the 16th edition of the Award and 9 youths were nominated from various organisations around Malta and Gozo. As the tradition requested, the event started with the acknowledgement of all nominees with a certificate and a commemorative trophy presented to each one of the nominees by the Director General of OASI Foundation Fr Emmanuel Cordina, assisted by the last ambassador of Youth of the Year, Mr Melvin Attard. 

Naturally the most exciting moment of the evening was when the Representative of the Selection Committee, Dr Refalo proclaimed the verdict of the committee. An outbreak of applause greeted the announcement of Arthur Demarco as the Youth of the Year 2008. From the detailed report it was clear that the members of this year’s committee had a tough decision on their hands, since there was a great amount of initiatives and dedication within all the nominees’ voluntary community work.  

Arthur Demarco was nominated by Mr John Boxall, the Mayor of the Birgu Local Council and was approved unanimously by the Council’s members, which is also the community where Mr Demarco lives.  A few words that can describe Mr Demarco are that he is an all rounder, since he helps on a voluntary basis in various different spheres of the community of Birgu. Another attribute of Mr Demarco is that he is a very responsible person and that he does his outmost to give the best in every thing that he is involved in.  It is important to note that although Mr Demarco’s job involves long working hours, he is always there to give a helping hand when needed, even if sometimes it meant that he had nonetheless only a small amount of free time for his personal life.  Another positive attribute of Mr Demarco is his motivation to carry on the work which he involves himself into.  Also his positive attitude encourages other youths to follow his steps.  Thus, one can conclude that Mr Demarco can be considered as a role model to other youths.  

The OASI Foundation would like to congratulate Arthur Demarco, and all the other nominees for taking the time to see past the material value of what life offers and help others in the community who needed their assistance. The Foundation would also like to thank its sponsors who, through their generous donations have made this special event possible. A Big Thank You to the the Department of Customer Care at the Ministry for Gozo, Ministry for Family and Solidarity, Ministry for Education, Culture, Youths and Sport, Malta Community Chest Fund, Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz, Prostage Sound, CVC Communications, Frank Salt, and the Local Councils of Xewkija, Sliema, Pembroke, Santa Lucija, Birgu and St Julians.  


From left to right : Hon. Minister Giovanna Debono, Arthur Demarco and Fr Emmanuel Cordina

From left to right : Fr Cordina, Clint Micallef, Joanna Grech, Victoria Sultana, Arthur Demarco, Saviour Deguara, Franklin Farrugia and Daniel Grech