The Puttinu Cares Children’s Cancer Support Group, which has been formed to ease the problems that young cancer patients and their families have to face, organized the second edition of a 60hour football marathon. This event was held at the Marsa Sports Ground starting the 31st March at 10am and ending on 2nd April 2006 at 10 pm.
Football matches were organized by the participants themselves by choosing the opposing team and around 400 teams consisting of 5-a-side or 7-a-side teams took part. This was a non-competitive, fun event and the main objective was to bring together as many youngsters and adults as possible, to participate in a sporting event and at the same time to create an awareness of the needs of young cancer patients. Participants from various sectors were encouraged to take part including schools, football nurseries, companies and government entities.
The persons involved in this marathon are all working on a purely voluntary basis and they are being supported by the Ministry of Education and the Kunsill Nazzjonali Ghallisport, Cottonera. There are no targets to be met and donations were strictly voluntary. The total sum collected during this marathon added up to Lm9,000 (€20, 970).