Doris Cusens Fund – Growing Independence

on behalf of YMCA Valletta

The Doris Cusens Fund builds on the work which Mrs. Doris Cusens, as a Volunteer started back in the 1970s, helping the most vulnerable in our communities. Doris supported the most vulnerable communities through different kinds of donations, employment, psychological support, and any assistance required by the people and families who contacted her.

Through the Doris Cusens Fund, YMCA Malta continues the philanthropic work which Doris, so passionately, started years ago. The fund which has been operating since 2021, has already supported 84 individuals. It aims to support individuals and families living in the Maltese Islands, referred by NGOs and Government Agencies, for financial assistance for daily and urgent needs such as school supplies, education, transportation, clothing, baby items, medicinals, fees for personal documents, and so forth.

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About the project

Doris is known as the 'Woman of Many Firsts', and her life motto is "Nothing is impossible, just dream it, plan it, believe in it, and go for it." In fact, she was part of the first female football team in Malta - when it was considered taboo for females to participate in such a sport. Doris was also the first woman to introduce keep-fit classes in Malta. The aim of these classes was not to promote weight loss, but the ultimate goal was to empower women and to show society that women are capable of being more than simply a housewife if they wish to. She instilled the idea that women can be independent and be active citizens and take care of themselves as much as they take care of their households and their families. Throughout her career, Doris has supported numerous NGOs through fundraising activities such as the YMCA, Dar Merhba Bik, and YWCA.  Doris' invaluable work was recognized numerous times. In 2004, she was awarded the Baileys Woman of the Year for her philanthropic work. In 2008 she was awarded the "Medalja ghall- Qadi tar-Repubblika" for her work in the sector of sports and fitness. Her career as a tourist guide culminated in 2012 when she was awarded the Star Award for being the top tourist guide. The Doris Cusens Fund is a financial assistance fund for YMCA Malta service users and other families and individuals referred to YMCA Malta by other recognized services, NGOs, and organizations.  The purpose of this fund is to support families and individuals and to serve as a stepping stone towards life improvement and successful life decisions. This fund will support applicants (but not limited to) in the purchasing of educational material, payment of rent, purchase of items necessary for employment (such as interview clothes, printing of CVs, and so forth), and transportation amongst others.  The Doris Cusens Fund is only short-term and/or one-time grant emergency assistance.