The Order of Malta presents a vehicle to the Foyer de Vie Princesse Stéphanie mental health care home
Mr René Croési, Chairman of the National Monegasque Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta*, handed over the keys of a new vehicle to AMAPEI**, the Monegasque Association for the Assistance and Protection of Disabled Children, intended for the Foyer de Vie Princesse Stephanie. The occasion was attended by H.S.H Prince Albert and H.S.H Princess Stephanie, along with the people supported by this association and many Monaco personalities.
This event, which took place in the Cour d'Honneur at the Prince's Palace ended with a blessing from Mgr René Giuliano and Cannon César Penzo.
*Founded in 1048 in Jerusalem by the Blessed Gérard, the Order of Malta is characterised by a dual religious and humanitarian, and more specifically charitable purpose. The Monegasque Association was created in 1974 and currently has 27 members, including Prince Albert, Bailiff Grand Cross of Honour and Devotion.
**In 1966, a school teacher created AMAPEI (Monegasque Association for the Assistance and Protection of Disabled Children) and in 1971, the Department of Health and Social Action (DASS) of Monaco signed an agreement with the Bariquand-Alphand Medico-Educational Institute and the Leo Mazon CAT (Centre for Assistance through Work) in Menton. AMAPEI is open to mentally disabled individuals over 18 years old. This private association exists due to a government grant.