BACKSTAGE MAY 09: ALWAYS ON DUTY!
Gianluca and his team have a day off from rehearsals. It is the right time to release some of the Eurovision tension and discover the city of Malmo. Early this morning before breakfast the team has been for a walk in the hotel area. Immediately after breakfast the team gathered for their daily meeting and soon afterwards they left the hotel to go around the city by bicycle. The city tour continues with a boat trip this afternoon.
Tomorrow morning the team plans to visit a children’s hospital at Skane University (SUS) in Lund. The hospital provides paediatric intensive care for children from neonatal to adolescents from all over Sweden.
The aim of the visit is to bring some joy to children who are seriously ill. Hospital play therapy is an integral part of the treatment of children and adolescents. Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon Dr Sune Johansson will be hosting Gianluca and the delegation of Malta during the visit to the hospital.
We have taken a short statement from Gianluca. He said that it is his role and responsibility to cure people and he wants to use the Eurovision Song Contest to provide an alternative care for these little children. He further explained that the true meaning of this year’s Eurovision slogan is to unite people through music, and why not use the Eurovision Song Contest to add an extra dose of smiles and to bring some happiness to the patients at SUS Hospital, after all a smile is the best medicine.
Gianluca will perform his Eurovision entry Tomorrow and an acapella version of Tomorrow. Dr Igor Zindovic who also happens to be a singing doctor at SUS Hospital will join Gianluca to entertain the patients. Igor is one of the protagonists of the popular TV series ‘Junior Doctors’ which runs on Swedish commercial channel TV5. Actor and comedian Petter Oest who is also studying medical care together with Ellen Malmstrom, better known as Pippi Langstrump (Pippi Longstockings), will join the singing doctors during the show. Petter is a well-known TV personality with kids of all ages. He hosts a TV show called ‘Bacillakuten’ on Swedish TV. Swedish and Maltese Television will be present to film this noble event.
Some interesting facts about The Skane University Hospital:
Average daily activity: 24 new born, 376 emergency visits, 142 surgeries, 915 X-ray patients, 286 inpatient admittance and care for 1193 inpatients. The average daily cost is around 29 million SEK (approximately €3,400,000).
PHOTO: THOMAS HANSES / EUROVISION.TV