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Order of Malta Australia


Meeting with Malteser International at Bangkok Bank


On 13 July, Dr. Constantin von Brandenstein– Zepplin, President of Malteser Hilfsdienst Germany, Mr. Ingo Radtke, Secretary General Malteser International, and Mr. Thomas Wessels. President Malteser International Americas visited the Order of Malta Thailand where they were invited for a lunch meeting courtesy of Mr. Chartsiri Sophonpanich at the Bangkok Bank Silom Building .

At the meeting, Mr. Ingo presented information about Malteser International where today, at the Head Quarters in Cologne, there are 65 employees with 12 nationalities and more than 1,000 volunteers and collaborators globally. He spoke about their humanitarian work in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand and their principles of collaborating with the local people, communities to help them become self sufficient.

Dr. Constantin provided an overview of the last 26 years of his work with Malteser Hilfsdienst Germany responsible for volunteers work in Germany (about 50,000 volunteers). Their areas of activites are in Civil Protection, Emergency work and Social Services.

Mr. Thomas gave a recitation on Malteser International Americas and their work helping refugees in Columbia, caring for people with HIV in Mexico, helping poor children in Peru, and relive services for earth quake victims in Ecuador and Guatemala. He also explained about the relationship between the Order of Malta and Malteser International.

Following the talks by the delegates, Dr. Theresa Virachanee – Coordinator gave a presentation on the Order of Malta Thailand, its projects and activities and future initiatives.

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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.