- Created on Friday, 22 February 2013 10:47
Only a few months after receiving their charter in 2008, Rotary Club Estoi Palace International began a first community project in the Estoi Parish - funding, purchasing and distributing a milk supplement to the monthly food parcels received from the Banco Alimentar (Food Bank.) When the programme began there were 45 families (118 people) vetted to participate in the Estoi Casa do Povo area; that number has now grown to 72 families (173 people).
The majority of that increase has come from the adult population, with many more single adult households and more elderly couples.
As the numbers of needy in the community has increased, Estoi Palace Rotary's milk contribution has kept pace. The delivery made in February 2013 was 498 litres – 2 litres for each adult and 6 litres for each child. A total of more than 20,000 litres of milk have now been supplied since the programme was initiated in July 2009. With an annual budget of € 3,000, the Rotary Club is determined to continue their support.
The ongoing commitment has largely been funded by bi-annual quiz nights; club members watch retail milk prices closely and hoard vouchers to keep the cost under control. There is also a donation box at club meetings for visitors who care to donate. As the economic slump continues, the club plans to continue this programme for the foreseeable future.
Left: Rotarians Kent Ringborn and Richard Camp load the milk for transport to the Casa do Povo. Right: Rotarians Agnete Sylvan and Kent Ringborn are joined by Estoi Casa do Povo volunteer Odete Sousa organise the milk for distribution.
For more information about the projects of Estoi Palace Rotary, contact Claire at 916 787 925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.