Blue Light Foundation gets support from BNF Bank
The Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation was the latest non-profit organisation to benefit from funds donated by BNF Bank, via its corporate responsibility arm. The newly formed association honours first responders, civil protectors and their families and seeks to raise awareness about the hazards their work entails. The Bank, in its commitment to improve the lives of others through community initiatives, was quick to support this organisation which promises to support the welfare of its members in times of serious accident.
The main objective of the Foundation is to create a fund to benefit, where necessary and possible, those members of emergency services including paramedics, police, correctional facility officers, the armed forces and members of the civil protection who suffer physical injury while on duty.
Other objectives include providing moral and psychological professional assistance to victims and their families. The organisation also seeks to increase exposure of the importance of the day to day duties carried out by employees in these sectors who give an invaluable service to society, and of the hazards they come into contact with, in their regular tour of duty.
Michael Collis, Chief Executive Officer of BNF Bank expressed his appreciation of the newly founded organisation. “Members of the civil forces toil daily in difficult and sometimes dangerous situations just to make our community a safe place to live in,” he said. “Because they do their work well, we take for granted the preventive and responsive work they undertake to enforce the law and keep the order. Their work ensures our public safety, our health and the security of the places we live in, and for this we are very grateful.”
The President of the Blue Light Foundation, Dr Herman Mula, thanked BNF Bank for the generous donation and called on other corporate companies to come forward with similar support, so that the Foundation’s objectives of assisting members in their recovery in case of serious injury can be met. “Our organisation is a voluntary one, and we rely on the assistance of the community to be able to meet our goals. We are hopeful the community will come forward with its usual generosity.”
In Malta, the Police Corps, Civil Protection, Armed Forces and Corradino Correctional Facility together employ 4,500 members.