President George Vella inaugurates Frank Salt Real Estate funded PV Panel project at the Inspire Foundation
On Friday 21st August, His Excellency George Vella, President of Malta, paid Inspire Malta a visit to inaugurate the PV solar panel system recently installed by the Foundation on its roof. The €120,000 project was made possible thanks to the generous funding by Frank Salt Real Estate as part of its Let’s Go Environmental Drive.
Inspire CEO Antonello Gauci and Frank Salt Real Estate Directors Grahame Salt and Douglas Salt were present for the inauguration.
454 PV solar panels have been installed on the roof of Inspire, estimated to generate some 253,000 units of energy a year, saving Inspire just under €45,000 worth of electricity annually. For this to be possible, several renovations and upgrades to the roof of the foundation’s Marsascala premises were needed, which included a gigantic steel structure to support the panels over the sloping area, as well as rewiring and replacement of the existing pipe works and air-conditioning infrastructure.
During the inauguration, the President also highlighted Star 25, a programme founded and managed by the Inspire Foundation to provide specific intervention for a group of young men and women with profound multiple learning disabilities, meeting their individual needs through objectives set by a professional multi-disciplinary team. The programme runs for 25 hours, Monday to Friday, for 45 weeks per year. Those attending the programme receive a range of therapies such as the more traditional physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and hydrotherapy; as well as more diverse help such as multi-sensory therapy. Participants also have the opportunity to partake in a wide range of activities, both as an individual, or as a group.
“The past few months have been a challenge for our Foundation. The pandemic meant a significant impact on the Foundation’s finances, with our fundraising channels being suspended. Such a project is of huge help, for it allows us to cut down on inevitable costs, allowing us to continue offering our services to persons with a disability. We are already seeing fruit of this project and we are truly grateful that Frank Salt Real Estate has come forward with such support”, said Antonello Gauci, Inspire CEO.
The €120,000 donation to the Inspire Foundation is by far the largest CSR project Frank Salt Real Estate has undertaken to date, also marking its 50th year anniversary. This initiative forms part of several projects that the estate agency’s ‘Let’s Go Environmental’ drive has taken up over the last few years, aimed at safeguarding and contributing towards the well-being of Malta’s environment.
“The Inspire foundation, like so many other similar institutions or organizations, offers invaluable help to countless families and they deserve all the assistance they can get from the Maltese community.’ stated Grahame Salt, Frank Salt Real Estate Director. ‘We are proud to have been able to carry out this project which will provide free electricity to Inspire for many many years to come and very importantly, this will be clean energy that will also help to reduce their building’s carbon footprint – so we are hitting two birds with one stone. We encourage other businesses and individuals who might be in a position to help in any way, to do so. Organizations like Inspire depend very much on this kind of help to continue offering their services.”