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Order of Malta Australia


The Italian Earthquake – Rescue Update


amatrice-03A violent earthquake struck central Italy on 24th August, killing almost 300 people and leaving more than 2,000 homeless. The Order of Malta’s Italian Relief Corps was present from the early hours of the 25th August to provide relief during the emergency. In the tradition of the Order to stay after the spotlight has faded, they are still present assisting the devastated local communities.

We are carrying out an extensive follow-up to discover the needs of the people in Amatrice and its 68 outlying areas damaged by the quake” explains Mauro Casinghini, national director of the Order’s Italian Relief Corps.

The Order of Malta is based at Amatrice Sports Stadium. Immediately after the earthquake, the stadium was turned into a storage centre for basic supplies, an infirmary and a tent city for the homeless. It is here that the Relief Corps has handed out over 300 kg of food and personal hygiene products, and offered psychological assistance to dozens of families.
We will continue to help the people in the areas devastated by this earthquake,” said Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel, the Order’s Grand Hospitaller. Days after the earthquake struck the Grand Hospitaller launched an appeal for funds to assist the populations so badly affected by the tragedy.

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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.