ACCA’s back to school appeal gets hundreds of youngsters off to a great start
This year, more children than ever before were helped by ACCA, returning to school with the equipment needed to ensure they can learn. In all, 841 new school bags and back packs were given out to 35 different establishments including schools, food banks, orphanages, homes and social community centres looking out for the poorest kids in the Algarve.
Children’s charity ACCA scored major points at the fund-raising Pro-Am last week at Pinheiro Altos Clube be Golfe, when 72 players competed for the winning trophy.
Thanks to prize sponsors Blevins Franks, Footjoy, Golfino, CPD Sound & Vision, Good Life Spas and Garrafeira Rui and hole sponsors Grasshopper Greens, Florian, Jeff Mauger Project Management, Duo Decora, Leita, Rubicer, IBC,Cartridge World, PremFX, Vendeci Properties, Oscars Bar, Ideal Homes Penguin Airconditioning, Platinum Auto Sales, this year’s Pro-Am generated the highest ever funds for ACCA, and as a result more children in need will receive the support and therapies they urgently need.
The figures are impressive—more than 50 walkers, 35-degree heat, dozens of gallons of beer and wine consumed…and most importantly more than €2,000 raised for local children’s charities, with the promise of more to come.
That’s the bottom line following the second annual West Coast Charity Bar Walk last Sunday from Restaurante O Paulo on the Arrifana promontory to the Restaurante Vale Da Telha at the Pines roundabout.
Mobility is something we all take for granted but later in life sometimes we have to face physical limitations imposed by illness or frailty. In an attempt to make a difference to the lives of elderly residents at Espiche Home for the Elderly, St Vincent’s Anglican Church was delighted to present the home with bathing rail aids and eight wheelchairs. These were funded by an independent charitable trust which is administered by the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.
A warm balmy evening in the magnificent venue of Ingreja da Misericórdia, Tavira was the setting for the Angels Theatre Group’s recital of Lieder and Operatic Arias to celebrate love.
The audience were entertained by Maria Rocha (soprano) and Stephen Dehn (baritone). John Evans on grand piano provided the musical accompaniment. The evening ended with a well deserved standing ovation.
Algarve schools are set to benefit after a 2,000€ cheque was presented by Paul Bechgaard, chaplaincy warden, on behalf of St Vincent’s Anglican Church to A Rocha Portugal in support of their work with local school children.
A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation, the inspiration of a Church of England priest in the 1990s, began in Cruzinha in the beautiful Alvor Estuary and is now represented in 20 organisations throughout the world. In Portugal they, together with other agencies, are the guardians of the salt water marshes along the Southern Algarve coast. The A Rocha Portugal team, led by Marcial Felgueiras and his wife Paula Banza, scientifically monitors the bird life and migration patterns of birds and the health of the Alvor Lagoon, opposes development which threatens the environment and also runs educational activities working with children.
The evening surpassed all expectations! 120 guests attended the Full Moon Dinner & Party Night on July 19th, at the Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Algarve in Faro, organised by afpop Eastern Algarve and Moncarapacho-Fuzeta animal association APAR to raise funds for the Algarve’s needy animals.
An incredible €1759 was raised for APAR. Everyone’s generosity and support was overwhelming.
Six 13- and 14-year-old students representing the ten schools of Agrupomento Silves Sul flew to Southampton for the Wildern School’s Oscars ceremony. They brought six digital films with them, out of the more than 40 produced at the schools, to enter into the Best International Film category.
On July 11, they walked the red carpet to the ceremony. The film, “Mudar de Estilo” from class 2B from EB1 school in Armação de Pêra won the award. Mauro Coelho, accepting the award for the primary school class, said that the trip was a “life changing experience.”