Għaqda Studenti tat-Teoloġija (Għ.S.T) will be organising their annual philantropic event, “Orange Campaign”, with this year’s beneficiary being Dar Hosea, which runs a day centre for women involved in prostitution, between the 4th and 5th of December at the University Quadrangle. The public is encouraged visit Għ.S.T.’s stand where one will be able to taste freshly squeezed oranges and other healthy delicacies, while enjoying live performances. Donations can be made directly at Għ.S.T.’s stand.
Insite Malta spoke to Għ.S.T.’s President Jean Gove about this event. He claimed that Għ.S.T. chose dar Hosea on purpouse. The president stated that, currently legalisation of prostitution in Malta is being discussed by many, however, in none of the debates held, including those held at the University of Malta, have prostitutes or ex-prostitutes been given the chance to voice their opinion. Gove added that , Għ.S.T. feels that should the women involved in prostitution be given the chance to do something other than work in that industry, they would. He added by saying that “While we are seeking to become a more equal society, we have totally forgotten about this section or, worse still, we are seeking to use them further as a source of economic revenue”
The event will kick off on Monday 4th December at 9.15 with a number of short speeches. H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Hon. David Agius MP, and Mgr Charles Cordina, Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia, are among the dignitaries who will be visiting Għ.S.T’s stand during the event.
Għ.S.T has been organising this campaign since 2002. While Għ.S.T. has never been tied to a beneficiary, for many years the proceeds were collected as part of the “Make my House a Home” campaign, organised along with RTK, and were given to the Preventive Care Unit which looks after children in risk of poverty and social cases. This year RTK did not organise the aforementioned campaign, so Għ.S.T. decided to give the money collected from this event to Dar Hosea.
Facebook event: Orange Campaign