Rotary Club Estoi Palace International’s (RCEPI), 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a great success. The event took place on the 29th of August; and over 60 golfers enjoyed a perfect sunny day at Portugal’s number one golf course, the magnificent Monte Rei Golf & Country Club - a ‘signature’ Jack Nicklaus designed course. Throughout the day the players enjoyed breakfast, driving range practice, 18 hole Stableford golf competition, and lunch with the prize giving ceremony.
The event began bright and early, with breakfast and golf practice; followed by a closest-to-the-pin competition and a beat-the-pro challenge - adding yet more fun and prizes to this exciting day of golf and socialising.
Following complimentary refreshments on the lawn overlooking the magnificent Monte Rei Course, guests enjoyed a fine buffet lunch provided by resident Chef Rui Silvestre, during which the awards ceremony was held.
This year’s winners were: Men: 1st Place: Nick Butterfly with 40 points, 2nd Place: Fernando Helder Dias with 38 points and 3rd Place: Peter Kershaw with 37 points. Ladies: 1st Place: Jackie Barry with 34 points, 2nd Place: Shirley Anne Steven with 32 points and 3rd Place: Judy Kershaw with 30 points. In addition, Fernando Helder Dias scored an astounding hole in one at the 14th hole.
The funds raised by our golf tournaments help local charities Community as well as International Projects. To date, RCEPI has helped fund numerous projects including:
- A refrigerated truck for the Faro Food Bank
- A mobile breast screening unit for the Algarve Oncology Association
- A van to provide mobile lung cancer screening in the Algarve
- Donating wheelchairs to the local community
- Purchasing Christmas gifts for disadvantaged children
- Helping fund a new, fully equipped ambulance for Sao Bras fire department,
- Financing a local milk programme
- Funding crucial wheelchair access
- Funding university education for students
RCEPI was grateful to receive multiple donations; the main donors for the event being the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club; IBEX Insurance Services; INNOVARISK Underwriting and Insurance Management; Projetos e Construções Building Services. Further donations/prizes were received from The About Wine shop located in Faro, The Open Media Group; Porsche Algarve; Conrad Algarve; Blevins Franks; Pousada Palácio Estoi; Tavira Lawyers, IBC Securities Lda. and The Works Print Shop, Almancil. Helped by donations on the day from the players around 7000 euros was raised. This will be distributed among the several local charities and organisations which RCEPI supports, including the Algarve Oncology Association, Caritas and the local Estoi community.
We would be happy to welcome more donors for next year’s tournament and invite interested companies to visit our online page for at: https://rotaryestoipalace.org/golf-sponsorship/
To participate in the 2020 Charity Golf event, RCEPI advises golfers to book early, to avoid disappointment as places are limited.
Written by Iga Pietrzak