Once upon a time .....

1963

Godwin DeBattista, better known as Goddo, is an award-winning dad and grandad, born and raised on the Island of Malta where he grew up in the village of H’ Attard.

1981

Upon leaving school at 15, he started working at Mirabelle Snack Bar, a family business based in the popular resort of Bugibba, where he spent up to 70 hours per week working in a very hot kitchen as head chef. It was during this period in his life that he fell in love with the idea of helping those in need. His thinking was that there is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.


1985

Godwin married his soulmate Colette nee’ Bowley, a british lady from Nottingham, and they had 2 beautiful daughters Charlotte and Sophie.


As a break from kitchen duties, he used to volunteer at his children’s school, not only as support teacher actually reading stories to kids creatively but also fully organising the annual sports day by setting up a village style event which was incredibly popular.

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2001

His daughters were very creative and very much into the arts, hence in 2001 a group of talented kids got together in his living room, which was converted into a makeshift studio, and the start of an incredible 6 year journey had begun. Under the direction of choreographers Belinda Borg, and later Kristina Schranz, the group were officially launched and called The Young Talent Team. It was here that Godwin got involved and started fully managing the team taking them to the best entertainment shows appearing on national TV and performing at Malta's biggest live shows, including for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. They also performed internationally in Norway (Junior Eurovision) and Tunisia.


As part of his ‘managing young people’ strategy, Godwin started to mentor the now very popular youngsters, coaching them on how they could make a difference to other people’s lives through kindness, friendship and compassion. 


2005

And It was here that he organised 2 massive Heart Of Gold Music Festivals in 2005 and 2006 with The Young Talent Team leading some of Malta’s biggest talent stage. The festivals raised awareness and funds for people with disability.


2007

Godwin once again organised a huge event, this time for climate change awareness, which was Malta’s version of the 777 global event where The Young Talent Team were on the bill alongside global music superstars with a live TV link around the globe. The set up of a ‘Green Village’ and the attendance of 50,000 people over the 3 days, made it a memorable event on the Island.


Of course all good things come to an end and just before The Young Talent Team days were over, Godwin teamed up with ‘Sedqa’ Government child support agency and organised the recording of an original song ‘Bikja Ohra 179’ (Another Cry 179). This number is a phone line for children who are in times of difficulty or crisis. It was this song which The Young Talent Team sang for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in Malta.


2015

In 2004 Godwin lost his dad to bowel cancer, however this was to be a game changer in many ways. As heartbroken as he was, what stuck in his heart was when he came across a 10 year old child who was also recovering from a major cancer operation, and she was happily chatting to her parents despite all the medical tubes attached to her. This moment stayed in his heart ever since.

Soon Godwin and his family moved to the United Kingdom and settled in the pretty town of Bedford. Working for the Ocado Group he volunteered to be a team member at the annual children’s day organised by the company foundation, and this seemed to get his charitable heart ticking again. Soon he participated in a few events for the homeless. The bug was back.


2020

When the Covid-19 pandemic struck across the globe, news reports stated that charities were struggling to raise funds. It was this moment that Godwin took the initiative and set up 'Team Goddo' with the intention to make a difference. He has been organising and successfully completing several big walks ever since, even traveling to his birth nation of Malta for one event. The idea behind Team Goddo  is to be kind, friendly, compassionate and inclusive, and it has the input from family, friends and several kind souls who support his initiatives. His charm has also caught the attention of various celebrities and VIPs who have shown their support in several ways.


Present Day

Godwin’s efforts were recognized with 2 prestigious Awards, Bedford Everyday Hero Award in April and AKO Outstanding Achievement Award in June.


He is always taking on new challenges and the next one is running a marathon for the very first time. He can run 10 miles comfortably, but finding another 16 is a challenge. But Godwin has his say about this: “A child going through 2 years or more of cancer treatment!! Now that is a challenge!! I will crawl over the finish line if I have to”.