Andre Abela, 14: Awarded for loyalty to dying friend: Malta

For Andre Abela, 14, unwavering dedication to a dying friend is nothing short of normal.

“If I know someone is unwell I’d go to see him, let alone if he was my friend. What I did felt like an everyday thing and was completely natural to me,” Andre said, after receiving the Pope John XXIII Kindness Award yesterday.

When he was in Form 3 at St Margaret College, Boys Secondary, Verdala in Cospicua, Andre went beyond simply struggling with the idea that a friend of his was going to die of leukaemia. He was the first to volunteer to visit him regularly in hospital, would leave his PlayStation there for the boy to play with and would even organise group visits to hospital. “I used to go and help him. Even though he was sick we would still play and he’d open up to me,” Andre said.

“When I used to go and see him he’d be very happy and he’d ask me to take things to play with or DVDs to watch together,” he said.

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Categories: Children, Human Rights, Malta

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