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Casa do Povo in São Bartolomeu de Messines, at the invitation of ARS – Regional Health Administration, invested in the creation of a USO – Socio-Occupational Unit, for people with mental illness. RC Silves members worked hard raising funds so that adults and children with disabilities have access to this well needed training facility.
RC Silves raised 10,000€ so the new facilities could be adequately furnished to allow this crucial work to take place. At our meeting in January, cheques were handed over to representatives of Casa do Povo to cover the costs of furniture and other resources. The cheques were presented by Pascal Martin, David Trubshaw, Pam Winn and David and Sue Butler Cole.
Big smiles all round.
RC Silves last meeting of 2019 was our Christmas Party. Members were joined by friends and fellow Rotarians from other clubs for a fun and laughter. David Trubshaw treated us to his traditional Christmas Cracker Jokes Quiz with a chocolate Santa given to each winner as prize. We also celebrated a good start to the Rotary year with funds raised from a number of successful events going to local charities. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
Much of the fund raising this year has been for Casa de Povo in support of their work with the mentally disadvantaged. We have provided teaching resources and equipment for the new project. David Trubshaw in particular raised 5000€ through sales of his book of Art and Poetry. The pictures and poems in the book were contributed by children in Silves Schools. There are still some copies available please contact us if you would like one. The funds will go to purchase items for the sensory room. Representatives of Casa de Povo Catarina Seguro and Patricia Francisco accepted 3 cheques at RC Silves meeting on the 28 November 2019 for a total of 10859€.
The RC Silves and IRC Almancil share an interest in education of the young of today. Both clubs try to inspire students to aim high and to provide them with experiences to enhance their education. So at their joint meeting on the 24 November at the Holiday Inn in Armação de Pêra, they came to enjoy a presentation from the students of Agrupomento de Silves Sul who took part in the school exchange supported by RC Silves.
In the summer, six pupils and two teachers from Silves Sul were hosted by Wildern School pupils and teachers in Southampton . They visit the school and experience a little bit of British life. The Rotarians were keen to hear how their trip went and enthralled by their accounts.
After the presentation the students joined Rotarians for dinner and shared their knowledge and experience.
Our Friends from RC Henley Bridge surprise us again with their generosity. Every visit to the Algarve, Nikki and Steve bring lots of goodies for Castelo do Sonhos from their friends and fellow rotarians in the UK. How they fit it all in we will never know. Castelo do Sonhos helps those in need in the Silves Community . Sue and David Butler Cole accepted the gifts on behalf of Rotary Silves and will see them safely delivered to Castelo do Sonhos.
On the 22 November in Carvoeiro, five teams gathered to test their general knowledge on a range of topics in aid of Local Charities. Our hosts Anne and Stewart Officer treated us to a fun filled afternoon of quizzing with an array of fantastic food . The rain tried to stop play but failed miserably. Entry fees and a raffle raised 500€ to help local communities. The winners an international team with Dutch, Swedish and British members.
This was our last August evening meeting – again in Isabel Flores idyllic garden of Eden.
A goodly gathering of our own members present plus visitors from IRC Almancil and Lisbon – we were 23 in all. A magnificent dinner was magicked up by Isabel, accompanied by a talk by Christina Pimenta on the Templars in Portugal.
Did you know there were Portuguese Templars here for a couple of centuries?
The flag ceremony was held with customary pomp.
We wound up the meeting with the traditional “heads and tails” and here is Jan Hinze looking for her tail.
We will have saudades of Isabel’s hospitality when we return to The Holiday Inn on the 12 September.
RC Silves welcomed Anne Officer and Alison Boardman as new members. Anne and her husband are spending more time in the Algarve and are looking forward to working with new friends to benefit the local community. President Sheena Rawcliffe presented her pin and congratulated Anne. Her proud husband eager to take a photo for the family album.
Alison Boardman has long been a Rotarian and has transferred to RC Silves as she is making her home here in the Algarve. Alison’s fondness for music has the RC Silves meetings a lively affair. If you enjoy a good sing song come along.