Burger King is celebrating its 10th anniversary in Malta with a charity event in aid of Caritas Malta and in collaboration with the Valletta Local Council on Saturday 4th June 2005 at Freedom Square, Valletta. The event will run from 10.00am to 8.00pm.
The public will have an opportunity to participate in a Charity Penalty Shoot Out against some of the Maltese top goalkeepers by donating Lm1 for three kicks. Three out of three will earn the participant a free Burger King meal. This activity will run throughout the day and will be compered by various local and TV personalities. The Valletta Mayor, Dr Paul Borg Olivier will open this charity event by shooting the first kick at 10.00am.
This was announced during a press conference held at Burger King’s flagship restaurant in Valletta, which has recently been newly redecorated into a 1950s Americana diner.
“Burger King proudly celebrates its 10th successful year of operations in Malta. To thank the Maltese community for their continuous and loyal support, we decided to organise an event to raise money for Caritas Malta” said Stefania Conte, General Manager for BURGER KING franchisee, Food Chain (Holdings) Limited.
“We have chosen to support Caritas in appreciation of their hardworking initiatives in our society. Moreover, Burger King will be donating 10% of its total sales on 4th June towards Caritas Malta,” she said.
Apart from benefiting an important cause, the event will include a variety show and activities for people of all ages. “The highlight of the Charity Penalty Shoot-Out will be the special guest star, No.1 goalkeeper Davide Bertaccini from A.S. Cervia 1920/Campioni il Sogno, an Italian TV reality show, and his trainer Claudio Bozzini,” said Marco Debono, Burger King Marketing Executive. “Participants will be putting their scoring skills to test against 11 top goalkeepers that have been roped in for this charity event. These include Mario Muscat, Saviour Darmanin, Sean Sullivan, Ruben Debono, Ivan Casha, Matthew Camilleri, Daniel Denkaky, Manuel Bartolo, Simon Grech, Sandro Micallef and Jason Cordina.”
Other activities include face painting for children; Stompers Rugby Team truck pull; dog show; AFM rescue and abseiling by the Civil Protection, and local singers and comperes, namely Hector Bruno, Claudette Pace, Marbeck Spiteri, Owen Bonnici, Peter Busuttil, Clint Spiteri, Alison & Analise Ellul, Joseph Chetcuti, Peppi Azzopardi, Carlo Borg Bonaci, Debbie Scerri, and Moira Delia.
While thanking Burger King and all the supporting companies involved in this event, Anglu Fenech, Administrative Secretary from Caritas Malta said: “The day will definitely be full of fun and exciting. Not only rewarding for winning participants, but Caritas will also benefit. The event will help to raise funds for us to continue our work in the Maltese community.”
Caritas Malta focuses its efforts towards working at the grass roots with persons in need, to alleviate different aspects of poverty. It does this through its many programmes and services such as: Drug Rehabilitation; counselling and Social Work Interventions; Usury; Support Groups; Helpage; Prevention Education in Schools; Xefaq Services in connection with HIV/STIs and Diaconia at Parish level.
All participants in the competition will receive a free powerade, until stock lasts. The Burger King Charity Penalty Shoot Out is also being supported by Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel, Coco-Cola, Powerade, Capital Radio, High-Enterprises Limited, Millennia, Alitalia Airlines, Logografix Signs, San Michel Fruitwaves, Urban Jungle, Nexos Lighting Technology, Middlesea Group, Di-ve.com and The Malta Independent on Sunday.
There are currently three BURGER KING restaurants in Malta (Sliema, Paceville & Valletta), which are operated by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, through its subsidiary Food Chain (Holdings) Limited.
The BURGER KING system operates more than 11,000 restaurants in more than 61 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades.
Burger King Holdings Inc., the parent company, is private and independently owned by an equity sponsor group comprised of Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. In fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, Burger King Corporation had system-wide sales of $11.3 billion. To learn more about BURGER KINGâ, please visit the company's Web site at www.burgerking.com.