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Shoeboxes on Target for Christmas

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.

Masks for Casa de Povo S.B. Messines

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.

16th Shoe Box Drive, Santa Needs your Help

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.

Donation for the Therapy Rooms of Casa de Povo, SB de Messines

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.

Fund Raising During the Pandemic

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.

Masks for Younger Pupils

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.

AL FRESCO ON 22nd August

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.

History Comes Alive

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.

Handover 9 July 2020

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.

A Little Socialising

Silves Rotary Club held its first meeting after the restrictions were lifted.  10 members gathered in the garden of our president to enjoy each others company and to look at possible activities for the future. It was so good to see each other even if the normal greetings had to be avoided.

The clubs has been guided by four past presidents this year. A happy group. They are ready to continue next year.