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The 2020 ’16th annual Christmas Shoebox Campaign for the Elderly” has once again been a tremendous success. Over 250 boxes were collected & delivered. The Silves based Castelo de Sonhos charity were able to reach many more elderly folk this year. They would like send a big THANK YOU to everyone who contributed; in particular the charity gives special thanks to the members of Silves Rotary Club.
Castelo de Sonhos especially wishes to thank the Silves Rotary Club members who purchased slippers during the festive season. With the funds raised from the sale of slippers, plus direct donations, the charity was able to purchase sufficient extra food for families in need to ensure they were able to have a traditional Christmas family meal. Castelo de Sonhos wishes the members of Silves Rotary Club a Very Happy & Healthy 2021.
Shoe boxes have started to arrive at Holiday Inn and Castelo de Sonhos which are pick up points for the drive. The community of Silves and across the Algarve and beyond to the UK have been hard at work again.
These pictures were taken last year prior to covid 19.
The target of 200 looks like it will be met. A large number are already in quarantine before delivery. There are a still a few days left to drop off a shoebox and bring a smile to someone this Christmas.
As other schools and support centres have found masks can cause communication difficulties for staff working with young or disadvantaged. This was no different for Casa de Povo. RC Silves was able to donate masks with transparent windows for the Kindergarten Educators, Technicians who teach Music and English classes in pre-school and day care, technicians working with people with mental illness and those working with disadvantaged children.
RC Silves will again be supporting the shoe box appeal this year. Just in case you missed the advert in the newspaper and would like to contribute. Please see the information below on suggestions for the boxes and the time scale for delivering them. They will be needed more than ever this year I guess. Thanks go to Sue and David Butler Cole for all their work on this.
RC Silves has worked closely with Casa de Povo over the last year to raise funds to help equip their newly built therapy rooms.
The rooms are used for the education and support of adults who have mental difficulties. For this service to continue the government, wanted specific physiologic diagnostic tests to be implemented. RC Silves recently donated 1200€ to purchase these much needed resources.
The Civid 19 Pandemic has altered all our lives as we have all experienced. While many clubs have utilised Zoom to facilitate their meetings. Silves Sul was able able to meet in small numbers in a member’s large garden on widely spaced tables to continue as much business as possible once this was allowed. Monies normally spent on lunch was donated to funds to meet local need. Members trapped abroad joined us on zoom whenever possible. We joined those clubs we work with in the UK at their meetings as well as clubs in the Algarve. Hopefully we will be able to run normal activities soon.
As schools prepared to return after the long break following the Covid 19 Pandemic, it became evident in the local schools that younger pupils and the deaf and hard of hearing found it difficult to understand their teachers whilst they are masked. To help alleviate the problem, RC Silves donated masks with transparent sections to the local Agrupamento Escolas de Silves Sul.
We are not at the end of this virus yet and RC Silves may be called on for further support in the future.
Here we all are all fresco-ing in the hillside garden of Sue and David Butler-Cole and gulping down draughts of fresh mountain air in a clear evening glow. Is this not magic?
Pam, Marian, Rainer and Linda
Sue cooked up a wonderful roast leitão which was accompanied by black beans and salad. The event? A Rotary Silves fund raiser contributing towards the annual “Back to School Project” promoted by Castelo de Sonhos”.
Jim and Ray Bentley
Guests were very generous and 640 euros was raised which has been ear-marked to purchase tablets for deprived children so they can keep in touch with their teachers in these troubled times when schooling is restricted by the threat of the dreaded virus.
Following her talk on “The Templars” Christina returned to tell us about the fibs in Portuguese history focusing on the chronicles written to propagate the importance of João 1 and his family. The meeting was again held outside in the cool shade in Isabel’s Garden. Thank you Christina for such an interesting talk.
RC Silves members gathered on the 9 July to review the year 2019/20 and to thank Isabel Flores for leading the club with the help of our four past presidents.
David Trubshaw welcomed members and guests.
The leadership role falls to Alan Winn for 2020/21. Alan has been President twice before but he will also be supported by Stewart Smith, David Trubshaw and Isabel Flores. Isabel spoke about this difficult year before officially handing over the leadership by giving Alan the President’s Pin.