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Record Breaking Vale Do Lobo Christmas MarketOver 1,200 visitors and 70 exhibitors helped to create a fantastic festive atmosphere at the annual Vale do Lobo Charity Christmas Market on 1st December.

A huge range of exhibitors’ delighted visitors with stalls selling everything from gourmet food products to unique Christmas presents while local singing groups, a live saxophone performance and even a magician entertained everyone, both young and old, throughout the day.

7th Armação de Pêra Santa ParadeLast Saturday, 1st December, 2018, nearly 200 Santas took part in the seventh Armação de Pêra Santa Parade,  organised by the Junta de Freguesia de Armação de Pêra,  BTT Algarve Maniacs, Urban Gym and the Holiday Inn Algarve. The event was in aid of the Espaço Amigos Armação de Pêra who provide food for local families in need.

RDA receives donation from Vilamoura International SchoolPupils at the International School in Vilamoura raised monies to help Riding for the Disabled in the Algarve to continue to offer riding therapy to all disabled people who would, through riding therapy, benefit in their mental and physical health and happiness, be given the opportunity to do so, and to achieve maximum ability from disability.

END POLIO NOW Bike Ride 2018The Rotary Club of Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) organised its 4th annual End Polio Now fundraising bike ride with Activity Algarve Bike Rides on Sunday 25th November. The wet weather did not deter the riders and an enthusiastic group turned out to take part.

Sue Salisbury-Howe made Poppy Cupcakes for everyoneThe fifty guests at a Remembrance Dinner on November 10th marking the 100th anniversary since the end of WW1 helped to raise €724 for the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The western Algarve section of the Royal British Legion Portugal hosted the dinner at the Hotel Belavista in Praia da Luz, with the theme “Thank You!” to recognize the sacrifice of the fallen in what is known as The Great War.

Madrugada President Carol Spires (left) with Sr.ª Presidente Dr.ª Maria Joaquina de Matos, Presidente of Lagos CamaraMadrugada, the charitable association which provides care and support for people affected by life limiting illness, hosted a large number of members, volunteers and dignitaries on Saturday 17th November, at the official inauguration of its new Support Centre in Luz.

A Fabulous Night - Thank You To Our Streetlife Supportersafpop East Algarve organised a Wine Tasting & Dinner on the 15th November and raised €1300 for our local StreetLife Animal Sterilisation Programme.
Our thanks go to all of the afpop EA members who attended the event, Vila Monte for their excellent food & service and to SoGrape who very generously contributed the wines for the evening.

Goldra NOW - October 2018Of course it was too good to last. The steady reduction in the number of residents at Goldra has been brought to a halt by an influx of animals dumped in various places. Fortunately, they are all youngsters at the moment, with a good chance of rapid re-homing, but the time and effort, not to mention expense involved in rearing and protecting them is again putting a strain on the resources of the sanctuary and its managers.