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Order of Malta Australia


Shipment of aid sent to Tonga to assist disaster victims


Photos courtesy of Giovanni Portelli /  The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney

In January the world was stunned by a volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami in Tonga that devastated the islands, leaving homes and livelihoods destroyed.

Immediate aid became difficult. The small island nation was all but cut off from the outside world as damaged fibre-optic cables limited communications and ash from the eruption affected water supplies and prevented air arrivals. Additionally, whilst the rest of the world was managing rising cases of COVID, Tonga had managed to keep COVID at zero cases and more so than ever was keen to keep the virus at bay, due to the damage to homes and health facilities.

Consoeur Deirdre Page in collaboration with Fr Aliki Langi from the Holy Name of Mary Parish Hunters Hill, NSW met with a group of the leaders of the Diaspora to discuss ways in which the Order of Malta could assist the relief effort.

As a first step in our aid program, the Order sponsored a forty-foot shipping container to transport items that have been collected by the Catholic Tonga community in Sydney to be delivered to the people of the Island of Atata, and the villages of Ha’atafu, Kanokupolu, Ha’akili, Kolovai, Ha’avakatolo and Fo’ui. The Order of Malta also arranged for 200 of our Care packs (containing anti-bacterial wipes, masks, socks, dental care items and soaps) and rosary beads, nappies and female sanitary items for inclusion in the shipment.

The shipment was packed this weekend and the High Comissioner for Tonga, Princess ʻAngelika Lātūfuipeka Tukuʻaho travelled from Canberra to Sydney to grace the occasion, inspected everything and thanked the Order for our aid.

The Order of Malta will continue to support our neighbours and friends in Tonga during their recovery effort.

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.