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Order of Malta Australia


Day of the Poor – food distribution by Members in Thailand


As announced by His Holiness Pope Francis, 19th November, 2017 marked the first Day Of The Poor.

It was therefore with great honor and commitment that the Members and Friends of the Order of Malta in Thailand took the challenge to assist the Diocese of Nakaornsawan to donate 300 bags of dry food to the Mong Hill Tribe people in Khek Noi, Phetchabun, some 435km from Bangkok.

Hundreds gathered in the early hours of the morning of the 18th November, to receive the bags containing dry food from His Grace Bishop Pibul and members of the Order of Malta who were represented by Confrere Virachai and Consoeur Thiphavan.

It was a total success as nobody returned home empty handed.

Most of the recipients were Mong Hill Tribe people who were recruited by the Americans from Laos to flight communism in the mountain terrains in Thailand during the Vietnamese War and have stayed on as their own country became a communist state and far too dangerous to return. They mostly live in the mountainous regions of Thailand.


Reported by

Adrian Borg Cardona

26th November, 2017.

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The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.