The Outdoor Trust was delighted to meet with Malta Tourism Minister, Edward Zammit Lewis, and also Mayor of Valletta, Professor Alexiei Dingli, who both enthusiastically agreed in principle to a Commonwealth Walkway for the Malta Capital.
A 4km (3 hour) draft route has been prepared, connecting 20 of the most significant highlights in the City, which will be refined over the next few months and hopefully made ready in time for the moment the City hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November.
Malta's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr George Abela, and Head of the CHOGM Special Task Force, Ms Phyllis Muscat, also added their support for the initaitive, particularly pleased that the November summit could provide such a tanglible legacy for residents and visitors to go on enjoying long after the 6,000 expected delegates leave.
The Malta Commonwealth Games Assocation President, Julian Pace Bonello, and Secretary General, Joseph Cassar, furthter hoped to further work with the Trust to ensure the Commonwealth Walkway in Valletta, once installed, was promoted through schools and community groups as a way to inspire more people into everyday physical activity to benefit their health.
The Trust will submit a draft plan for approval in June 2015. More information on the CHOGM Malta meeting can be found here.
Malta Tourism Minister, Edward Zammit Lewis, recieves the foundation marker for the Malta Commonwealth Walkway from Outdoor Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers DL.
A potential Commonwealth Walkway marker location, outside the Grandmaster's Palace, George Square, Valletta.
The Mayor of Valletta, Professor Alexiei Dingli, accepts a marker for the Commonwealth Walkway in Malta from Outdoor Trust Chairman Hugo Vickers DL and CEO Jim Walker.
Outdoor Trust Chairman, Hugo Vickers DL, with the Director of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2015 Malta Task Force, Ms Phyllis Muscat.