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Iceland works with ACCA

Iceland collect for ACCAThe Iceland store in Guia wanted to support children’s charity ACCA at this busy time of the year, and staged a food collection drive for the week running up to 20 December. The result? Two huge boxes of essentials were gathered together by Iceland customers along with donations that topped the €100 mark and gifts for kiddies.

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.

Boavista hosted the 2014 Macmillan Longest Day Challenge Finals

Boavista hosted the 2014 Macmillan Longest Day Challenge FinalsGolfers across the UK and Europe have raised a fantastic £740,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by braving the toughest battle in golf and completing the famous Longest Day Golf Challenge.

In their bid to complete the sponsored golf marathon, almost 900 teams nationwide took to the greens and played an epic four rounds of golf, from dawn to dusk, tackling 72 holes, around 300 shots and roughly a 20 mile walk on the longest day of the year.

ACCA thanks its Angels

ACCA thanks it's AngelsEvery Christmas, the generosity of the community never fails to amaze those involved with the Angels programme, and delight the recipients of the surprise gifts ‘from Santa’.

Children’s charity ACCA, which supports under-privileged youngsters in homes and institutions across the Algarve, as well as those living below the poverty line, has been running the Angels programme since 2001.

A bumper weekend for ACCA

Santa arrived in a vintage Merc It seemed like one big ACCA party. First, the children’s charity encouraged snowball throwing at the Quinta Shopping day on Saturday, as kids young (and not so young) took turns to pot the ball into the chimney pot of a beautiful Portuguese-style house model, made especially for the event by Acca supporters Alan and Linda Bentley.
A prize-packed tombola, as well as the sale of Christmas cards, designed by children in the homes ACCA supports, helped raise much-needed funds that will go towards special treatments needed by many of the youngsters.

Poppy Appeal result 2014

Poppy Appeal result 2014With the close of the Poppy Appeal approaching for 2014, the figure raised in Portugal is an amazing €38,700. What is particularly satisfying is that the monies raised during the 2 weeks of Poppytide has risen this year by 44%.
The thanks of the Royal British Legion National Committee go to all our supporters, but particularly to the Poppy Appeal Area Organisers and Distributors, without whom there would be no collection year on year.

Together they commit time and energy so the RBL can help our veterans and bereaved families to 'LIVE ON'.

Sandra Wilkinson
Poppy Appeal Coordinator
Royal British Legion - Portugal Branch

Successful Christmas Market for Rotary Club Porches

Successful Christmas Market for Rotary Club PorchesSanta is pleased to report on the success of the Rotary E-Club Porches International Christmas Market held 22-23 November at Galeria Arte Algarve in Lagoa.

A total of € 3,886 was raised to help the Portimão Food Bank with its equipment needs.

Golf in Gear

ACCAGood golf is high on the list of priorities for many an ex-pat here on the Algarve. Combine that with good food, great company and the opportunity to help the needy and you have the ingredients for a perfect lifestyle.

A week or so ago, a Golf and Charity Lunch at 84 Bistro & Wine Bar produced more than €750 for children’s charity, ACCA, which is raising its profile and following here as an increasing number of supporters come forward to help fund-raise.