Julia and Pascal hosted a morning of coffee and cake in their home near Praia de Luz. Julia baked up storm and friends added to the spread with their own creations. The morning was in aid of Madrugada*. Silves Rotary members and Guests enjoyed a glass of Buck’s Fizz, coffee and of course slices of delicious cakes and pastries, whilst raising money for this deserving project. Events like these are held to introduce the work of Silves Rotary Club and to gather friends in support of local causes. The event raised over €500 for Madrugada and we made many new friends. Thank you to all who made this an enjoyable if fattening event.
*Madrugada is the name chosen for a pioneering multi-cultural project designed to help people and their families in the Algarve to change how they live and cope with serious illness, by strengthening their general health and emotional well-being.
Silves Rotarians and their guests enjoyed an afternoon of fun, food and games at David Trubshaw’s home near Portimão. Penny, Jackie and David extended an invitation to Rotarians and friends to join them in their garden, for an afternoon of fellowship in aid of UNIR*. Guests played games and won prizes and enjoyed a feast whilst relaxing in the sun with friends. Margarida Trindade of UNIR explained to guests about the project to open a support centre in Portimao and thanked them for their support. Guests donated over €1100 which will all go towards the project. A successful and happy day! Thank you to all who attended and supported the event.
*UNIR is an Institution serving people with mental illness. A multidisiplinary team works with patients through training programmes and occupational activities that encourage and enable them to develop interpersonal and life skills ensuring their reintegration into society. For more information on UNIR visit their website. We are concentrating this year on raising funds (newsreport) to support the renovations at their new unit in Portimao.
Kate Broadribb and Charlotte Wells from Wildern School visited the Algarve last week to meet the students taking part in the Digital Media project at Silves Sul School. The Students and staff of Silves Sul provided a welcome tea as the teachers were shown around the England exhibition. They were then entertained with modern pop songs sung by students and accompanied by guitars annd drums. The teachers were introduced to the delights of Armação de Pêra whilst the students of Silves Sul used them as extras for their movie.
Silves Rotary Club held a dinner on the 1 May for the visitors and Kate and Charlotte gave a presentation to Rotary Club members, the Mayor of Armação de Pêra and staff from the Silves Sul School about the introduction of Digital Media in their UK school and the impact that it has had on results. Members felt encouraged that their funding and the efforts of the students of Silves Sul would provide opportunities and experiences which would impact on their future success.
Following a tour of Silves Sul School, Kate and Charlotte were treated to a private showing of the films the students have prepared for entry into the oscars at Wildern School in July. They were impressed with the films they saw and look forward to their entry. It is hoped to take a representative group of students and staff to the Oscars event in the UK.
All in all a successful visit.