I feel very lucky to have a family and friends always having my back whenever I need anything but I am very aware that not everyone is the same and this is what inspires me to do what I do. I feel very passionate about helping and supporting others with anything from a small need to being there when they get a bad break in life.
I believe that my persistent character together with a natural ability to want to organise and follow up on anything put my way is what has given me the strength and capability to do what can sometimes be very emotionally challenging. Over time I have also come to realise that by myself taking the initiative to help others, I inspire many people I know to do the same and I feel humbled by their trust and willingness to support anything I am willing to do when it comes to helping those in need.
I feel privileged to be given this opportunity to do this with Francesca who I have known for many years and have come to admire very much since she set up the women for women page. It takes a lot of time, personal sacrifice and passion to do what she has done for so many women days and hours on end. I have taken this on believing in everything she stands for because it takes someone very special to take others’ needs so much to heart and to actually want to do something about it on a big level.
Founder, Malta Charity Central
March 2012 to present
This group was created to connect Charities with the many generous individuals or Companies in Malta. In a small community like ours, she believes that facebook together with people’s input can make a big difference to make this existing gap very small in making us all aware of what is happening and what is needed locally.
This Group is intended for use as a notice board for charities or individuals involved in any kind of voluntary work to advise of any particular requirements / needs they may have as well as to announce and promote fund-raising events organised by charities.
Malta Charity Central led to Ilona getting personally involved in helping families in need, kids’ homes and shelters over the years and eventually to teaming up with Francesca Fenech Conti to set up the Women for Women Foundation in 2019.
Founder, YPA and YPA Recruit
May 2009 to present
Ilona Busby is an organizer by nature. Her love and talent for coordinating events, projects and tasks made her the person to go to whenever business colleagues, friends or family required assistance in any feat that needed organisational skills. In fact it was those closest to her that encouraged her to take her natural talent one step further. This led to the set up of YPA in 2009. Its main aim is to assist individuals and businesses in Malta in a wide variety of tasks without the long term commitment. YPA’s ultimate objective is that of making clients’ lives easier by giving them peace of mind that the delegated task is being handled in a professional and efficient manner.
Due to the success of YPA and the relationship developed, a number of clients began requesting assistance with their recruitment needs, thus leading to the creation of YPA Recruit.
Ilona had over twelve years of experience specializing in HR, Finance and Personal Assistance before setting up YPA. This experience combined with the right local contacts, a personal passion for organising events and a positive attitude allows YPA to fullfill many requirements.