East Algarve Walking Football (EAWF) has stepped out to help the local communities in Olhão and Tavira. EAWF has already supported three local cafes, used by the players, by selling vouchers which can be redeemed for goods once the pandemic is over. The cash generated has been a lifeline for the cafes.
The players have now initiated a scheme to supply those in need with basic food stuffs, cleaning products, toiletries, hygiene products, animal feed, infant items such as nappies and much, much more. In conjunction with SC Olhanense, where the collection of goods is based, the Junta de Freguesia de Olhão and the Município de Olhão the scheme has been running for two weeks.
Co-ordinator Jonathan Syed said, “we have been pleased with the response of the public and will continue to support vulnerable families in the area. Through on-going fund-raising events some 5000 euros have been raised by EAWF to help the communities in Tavira and Olhão.” Isidoro Sousa, president of SC Olhanense, praised the efforts of EAWF and the Olhanense Expat Supports Group when he addressed a small gathering at the club on the occasion of the club's 108th Anniversary last Monday.
The Pink Flamingo Croquet and Social Club is coordinating efforts in Tavira based at the riverside ‘Black Anchor’ Irish Bar which has thrown open its doors to receive goods which are then sorted and distributed to several hundred families in liaison with the Families in Need Network. The response has been superb but every little helps and an online auction is helping to provide much needed funds for medications and fresh produce. Delivery then takes place to hundreds of vulnerable adults and children in towns and villages - Tavira, Santa Luzia, Sao Brás de Alportel, Santa Catarina, Tavira, Manta Rota, VRSA and the surrounding countryside.
East Algarve Walking Football and East Algarve FC are an integral part of the operation.
There are various ways the public and businesses can help:
DROP OFF POINTS:
José Arcanjo Stadium (behind McDonalds on the EN125) - every Monday between 11.00am and 1.00pm
Centre Algarve Special Needs Holiday Centre ((on the Olhão road just outside Moncarapacho) - Monday to Friday between 10.00am and 4.00pm
Black Anchor Irish Riverside bar, Tavira (near the old Roman Bridge) - Monday to Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm
Supermarcado Alfresco in Conceição Tavira - during their normal opening hours
To support the Olhão initiative go to: www.walkingfootballalgarve.com