Friday, 23 June 2017
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Cutting the 23rd anniversary cake are four past presidents of the club (from left) Bart van Linden, Sheena Rawcliffe, Isabel Flores, and Alan Winn.Silves Rotary Club celebrated its 23rd anniversary recently with a dinner and presentation at The Garden Deck, Oceanico’s Amendoeira Golf Clubhouse. Guests included Incoming District Governor (IDG) Abílio Lopes, British Vice Consul Clive Jewell along with Rotarians and friends.

Bart van Linden, President of Silves Rotary, presented a check for over 2000€ to Margarida Trindade from UNIR – an association that takes care of those who are mentally disadvantaged.

Grand fundraiser raises over a grand!The Atlantic Piano Bar in Vilamoura and Vila Sol Golf course were the venues for a grand fund-raising event on Sunday 20 March.
A total of 1,250 Euros was raised for charities supported by Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC). The day began with sixteen golfers playing in glorious sunshine, followed by an evening of quizzing at the Atlantic Bar.

ACCA pulls the rabbit out of the hatOver Easter weekend, the ACCA took part in the fun of the Easter celebrations at Quinta Shopping, raising funds through its raffle (thanks to sponsors ArtCatto, Equilibrio Décor, The Conrad Louro restaurant, Casavostra, and the Estetica salons), and a number of stalls for the visiting kiddies to enjoy. Decorate an egg, make you own bunny mask, find the chick, pin the tail on the rabbit, decorate a cup cake were just a few of the options available.

ACCAAt the recent AGM of the charity that looks after children in need in the Algarve, two new members joined the existing team.

Professor Maria Eduarda Santos, special needs teacher and founder of NECI (the educational nucleus for the handicapped child) in the western Algarve, and Jacqui Vehlow, owner of the Estetica group, will add value to the committee’s work, thanks to their interest, enthusiasm, commitment and of course, invaluable contacts.

The two newcomers will work alongside Wanda Crawford, Gwenda Daud, Jenny Harrison, Sharon Henderson, Susi Rogol Goodkind, Rita Davies, Max Binns, and Naz Karim. Professor Santos, now retired from NECI administration, was recently awarded the Municipal Medal for Public Dedication in a heart-warming ceremony in Lagos.

A Rare Opportunity to Support Those with Rare DiseasesDid you know that approximate 7% of Portugal’s population will be diagnosed with a ‘rare’ disease? Rare diseases are those that occur in 1 person of every 2.000, or less. While each disease is rare, there are 5.000-7.000 of them, each with its own symptoms, diagnostic requirements, support needs and rehabilitation processes.

Raríssimas (The National Association of Mental and Rare Diseases) was chartered in 2002 by a group of concerned parents and has become an association with high national and international recognition for its work supporting people with rare diseases and their frequently overworked, overextended families.

AIRC support Surfing Scheme for Autistic childrenWhen members of Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) heard that staff at Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil wanted to set up a surfing scheme for the benefit of students with autism, and that special equipment was needed, they wanted to do something to help.

Surfing can improve fitness; balance and confidence and surfing camps for children with autism have already been set up in a number of countries including Australia, Ireland and Scotland, where the scheme has the blessing of the National Autistic Society. This will be the first of its kind in Portugal.

Would €10 a month change YOUR life?Almost certainly not, but it can make the world of difference to the work of ACCA. Now in its 13th year looking after children in need in the Algarve, the charity continues to seek out members who will support its many activities.

Knowing you can help improve the lives of children in need is hugely rewarding and often it takes no more than small change to make a big difference. By becoming a member of ACCA, your monthly €10 contribution (€120 pa) will add to the charity’s funds which are used to buy specific equipment for disabled youngsters, supply psychological and physical therapies for those with special needs, even nappies and milk for babies from families well below the poverty line. ACCA also pledges to help children who are on the street; even here in the Algarve, there are areas where the standard of housing is frighteningly low and there are children living without water.

West Coast Fun Dog Day - April 17thOn Sunday 17th April 2016 there will be a West Coast Fun Dog Day in Vales, in aid of AEZA, the shelter for dogs and cats.

The fun begins at 10.30am, and includes a Dog Show and Parade, Dog Agility Demonstration, stalls with pet products, homemade produce, second-hand clothes and bric-a-brac, and of course there will be food and drink available throughout the day.