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The OASI Foundation’s Primary Prevention Team, held the 18th edition of the annual open-air festival Riflessi Sajfin, at the Menqa in Marsalforn, Gozo. The three and a half hour festival was a huge success, with a variety of artists of all ages performing on stage and with hundreds of Maltese, Gozitans and foreigners attending the event.

The festival’s stage, made available by the Culture Department at the Gozo Ministry, was equipped with the latest lighting (by MICHO) and sound (by ProStage Sound) technology. The evening was a thrilling experience for presenters Deborah C and Joseph Xuereb.

The OASI Foundation stages Riflessi Sajfin with three clear aims, primarily to promote local talent as an alternative leisure by providing for prospective young artists an opportunity to exhibit themselves on a professionally equipped stage in front of a big audience. Secondly the events provide a channel through which OASI can promote its preventive messages against alcohol and drug abuse, and thirdly to provide free family-friendly entertainment to the general public in return for its support during the years.

A number of new performers and other established singers and dancers were given the opportunity to perform this year: YADA Dance Academy – Gozo, Centre Stage and Audrey Marie Bartolo. For the first time, during this edition there was a fashion show held by D Elegance – Bridal and Evening Wear.

Fr Emanuel Cordina, Director of OASI told Gozo News, “We would like to take the time to thank all the sponsors for all their support.”

Riflessi Sajfin 2009 took place thanks to the many sponsors backing the event: Satariano, GO, The Farsons Foundation, Bank of Valletta, Debrincat J Ltd, General Soft Drinks Ltd sponsored through Coca-Cola, D Elegance, Spiteri Catering, Meylak Jewellery, Sunrise Pet & Garden Centre, Bliss Footwear, Gozo Business Systems Ltd, Gozo Arts, Dominic Department Store, Island Tech., Vella Service Station, Bellusa Daughters Ltd, Francis Caruana Ltd – Bubbles Bathrooms, Victoria Cycles Shop, Swan Card Gallery, Lorry Spiteri – Carpenter, Roma Shopping Complex, Café Del Corso, United Colors of Benitton &Karapuna, Joe Attard Butcher, Vision Opticians, Downtown, Ramla Bay Resort, Hotel San Andrea, Park Hotel, The Marina Hotel, Tal-Lajku Pizza and Kebab House, Tresor D’Or, Marcelle Boutique, Georgina Beauty Therapist, Vajringa Supermarket, Shoprite Discount Store, Images, Maria’s Hair Salon, Jessica’s Delight, Pebbles Restaurant and Pizzerija, Latini Bar & Restaurant, Smiley’s Bar & Restaurant, Tang Cheng Restaurant, Radiance Skin Centre, D Look Boutique, Scorpion Hair Salon, Kidzland By Marks & Simons, Ta’ Mena Agriculture Ltd., Arkadia, Health & Beauty Co Ltd., Unfading Beauty Salon, Hourglass Wear Time and the Local Councils of Xaghra.

 

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Maria Giuliana Fenech, a Caritas volunteer from Mosta, was recently named Youth of the Year at a ceremony at the Ta' Cenc Hotel.

The event, organised by the OASI Foundation, in collaboration with the Gozo Ministry, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Employment and the National Youth Council, aims to publicly acknowledge the voluntary work carried out by young people. Gozo Minister Giovanna Debono was present.

Eight young people were nominated this year who were presented with a certificate and a commemorative trophy by OASI director-general Fr Emmanuel Cordina and last year's Youth of the Year Jane Mifsud.

The winner of the 14th Youth of the Year title was announced by the representative of the selection committee Edel Cassar. Ms Fenech was presented with the Youth of the Year Shield by President Eddie Fenech Adami, who acknowledged the immeasurable amount of voluntary work carried out by Maltese and Gozitan young people and encouraged them to continue helping others even when faced with difficulties.

Ms Fenech spends much of her free time voluntarily preparing meetings and organising activities for a group called 21+, to which she is very committed.

The Community Chest Fund, the Gozo Ministry's customer care department, Prostage Sound and CVC Communications helped to make the Youth of the Year ceremony possible.

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