ALS Malta Foundation
Commonwealth Point of Light 82. Bjorn Formosa
Bjorn Formosa, representing Malta, is the founder of ‘ALS Malta Foundation’ working to find a cure for ALS and improve sufferers' quality of life.
Formerly a successful young entrepreneur, Bjorn was diagnosed with ALS in 2015 and given three years to live. Since then, he has built a residential home for 13 people suffering from ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases, which he now runs with his wife. As his health continues to deteriorate, Bjorn has raised over €2.5 million for a second, larger residential centre spread across eight floors, with a boutique hotel and hospital environment for up to 50 patients. Half of ALS sufferers in Malta rely on the foundation’s support and the foundation’s funds go towards the purchase of motorised wheelchairs, equipment that allows users to communicate, and frequent physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
The award for Bjorn was presented at The British High Commission, Valetta by Stuart Gill OBE, UK High Commissioner in Malta.
Stuart Gill OBE, UK High Commissioner in Malta said:
“I am delighted to be able to present this Commonwealth Points of Light Award to Bjorn Formosa.
“Since being diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord) in 2015, Bjorn’s tireless work to raise awareness and to help fellow sufferers and their families has been truly inspirational. His work and dedication are a true reflection of the spirit of the awards through which Her Majesty The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, thanks individual volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.”
Bjorn Formosa said:
“I am so honoured to receive this award. I am overwhelmed with joy to be recognized by Her Majesty.”