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Christmas Market raises money for the elderly and disadvantaged

Christmas Market raises money for the elderly and disadvantagedThere was kindness and generosity in abundance at Almancil International Rotary Club’s (AIRC) Christmas Market. The event organised by Rotarian Uschi Kuhn and her team of helpers was also supported by the Junta de Freguesia de Almancil with the collaboration of the resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo.

L to R: Joachim Pinto, José  Galamba, Uschi Kuhn and João MartinsThe market was opened by Joachim Pinto, President of the Freguesia who was later joined by Dr Vitor Aleixo President of the Camâra Municipal de Loulè and Vereador João Martins. More than 30 Moroccan style tents were set up providing a range of food, drinks, jewellery and other goodies.
Entertainment throughout the day ensured there was never a dull moment. For the more energetic there was keep fit and zumba. The Angels Theatre Group performed a traditional mini panto and members of AIRC in their first acting debut presented a Christmas tableau. Music was provided by the Salvation Army band and the children’s choir from Doina, the Algarve Association of Romanians and Moldovians so it was a truly international affair.

All the money raised will be donated to the Associação Social e Cultural de Almancil which provides care and assistance to the elderly and to disadvantaged people in the area. AIRC President José Galamba said he was amazed that so many people turned up to support the event given that there have been many Christmas markets and Bazaars taking place throughout November and December. “The generosity of local people and our friends is sometimes overwhelming and I would like to offer my thanks to everyone who helped raise funds for this worthy cause,” he said.

The Doina Children’s Choir

Photos courtesy of Dianne Watson & Gordon Railton


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