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The seventh edition of the OASI Cup Run & Fun Walk was held on Sunday 31st of October 2021. The event was organised by the OASI Foundation after skipping last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The OASI Foundation strongly beliefs that sports, is scientifically proven to be a healthy way to improve mental health, to relax, to improve self-confidence and socialise. This, in turn, enhances the probability of keeping substance use at bay, while also promoting addiction recovery.

This edition of the OASI Cup Run and Fun Walk was successful and it was well received by a number of amateur and professional athletes who participated in the 10K run, 4.5K walk, and three children’s runs which covered children aged between four to twelve.

H.E. the Bishop for Gozo Mgr. Anton Teuma, Hon. Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri, Hon. Minister for Education Dr Justyne Caruana, Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights Dr Anton Refalo, Hon. Dr Kevin Cutajar, Hon. Claudette Buttigieg and Hon. Dr Joseph Ellis participated in the event. All of them passed on positive messages to those present by commenting on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, whilst thanking the OASI Foundation for contributing towards social awareness.  The message “prevention is better than cure” was also highlighted. Noel Xerri, Chief Executive of the OASI Foundation, thanked all the sponsors and participants of the event, who support the Foundation to continue making positive change in the Maltese and Gozitan society.

Naturally this event could not have been successful without the guidance of the Athletic AC Gozo and the contribution of the Ministry for Gozo, HOG, RE/MAX, H2Only and Magri Cycles. Additionally, the OASI Cup Run & Fun Walk would also like to thank Mr Lelio Spiteri, Mr Paul Scicluna, Ms Miriam Camilleri – O’Hair, as well as all the OASI volunteers and staff for their dedication and endless support throughout the process of organising this event.

For more information, timings, and winners, please visit the OASI Cup Run 2021 page.

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Il-Fondazzjoni OASI flimkien mal-Caritas Malta, jinsabu ferm konċernati li l-proposta ta’ qafas legali ġdid għall-użu responsabbli tal-Cannabis kif ippreżentat mill-Ministru għar- Riċerka u l-Innovazzjoni, l-Onorevoli Owen Bonnici lbieraħ 6 ta’ Ottubru 2021, imur oltrè minn dak li ġie ppreżentat fil-White Paper u jikkontempla wkoll id-distribuzzjoni tal-Cannabis minn assocjazzjonijiet għall-użu rikreattiv. Flimkien mal-proposti l-oħra dwar il-pussess u l- kultivazzjoni, dan hu pass ieħor lejn iktar normalizzazzjoni tal-użu tal-Cannabis, iżid il- perċezzjoni liż-żgħażagħ li l-Cannabis m’għandiex perikli, u li eventwalment ikompli jiżdied l-użu.

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Substance use is becoming more and more normalised, where society’s approach towards drug use is changing quite fast. This abruptness by which societal change takes place does not always ripple down into properly informed individuals. The use of medicinal cannabis has been a controversial topic which raises a lot of questions and concerns.

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OASI is a non-governmental and not-for- profit organisation with its headquarters in Victoria Gozo. Its operations are deep rooted in the social needs and care of the people with a specific mission to see to the social caring of issues and cases of drug and alcohol abuse and other addictions. The services are open to all and are given free of charge.

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Imagine you are partying and you drink only so much alcohol, however you have an inclination that something is wrong. Something just doesn’t feel right. You remember that you left your drink unattended for some time. Someone might have slipped in any substance in it, and now you’re experiencing some signs that you may have been drugged.

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Bullying… a term we hear often, and mostly associate it with young children or unruly teenagers. What is bullying and why does it happen? Bullying can be defined as unwanted, repeated behaviour which can have long lasting problems for both the bully and the person being bullied. Bullying includes actions such as threatening, embarrassing someone continuously, calling someone names with the intention of provoking or causing harm, spreading rumours, excluding people and being physically or mentally abusive.

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The 26th of June commemorates the Word Day Against Drugs and Illicit Trafficking. This day has been established by the United Nations, with the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) director issuing a message each year to direct efforts related to the eradication of substance abuse and illicit trafficking. The motto for this year is “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives”.

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On Saturday 26th of June 2021, a thanksgiving ceremony, presided by the President of Malta, H.E. George Vella and the First Lady, was held at the OASI Centre to commemorate the OASI Foundation’s 30th anniversary. The 26th of June is also the International Day against Drug Abuse. The President awarded the Director General Fr Emmanuel Cordina with the OASI Foundation award, for his years of service towards OASI and society.

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Disclaimer

OASI Foundation is not against the person who uses any kind of psychoactive substances.

OASI Foundation does not agree with the use of any psychoactive substances for the socialization, relaxation or feel-good purposes.

OASI Foundation has been promoting healthy and natural approaches and methods to gain satisfaction, relaxation and long-term life enjoyment rather than reverting to drugs and addictive behaviours.

OASI Foundation views this White Paper in the light of normalization, which is a non-static phenomenon, and hence forewarns that other psychoactive substances will, in due time, be impelled the same route.

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The organisations mentioned express their grave concern about a number of reforms proposed in the White Paper on the 'responsible use of Cannabis'. This White Paper proposes a fundamental shift in direction towards further acceptance of the culture of use of Cannabis.

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