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RC Silves in Training!

We had the original baker’s dozen on parade again this Saturday, except Pam and Alan Winn who sent in “sickies”. Today our leader, Philippe, has chosen another scenic walk through the Salgados wetland reserve between Galé and Armação de Pera. A distance of 7 kms which our gang covered in two hours

The gang

You may ask what we are training for. Well Philippe came up with the idea of a  Rotary charity walk to Santiago de Compostelo. No, not from Silves. We would start instead from the north of Portugal and walk through to Santiago itself. This is some 120 kms which we hope to complete within a week – that means 20 kms per day, with the last pilgrimage bit on our knees.

So, Philippe is starting slowly with this training programme. Our current walk of 7 kms is just a third of what we will be expected to manage on a daily basis on the course itself. So we need to gear up to a fitness not yet apparent in our dozen, who by my calculations on average will never celebrate their seventieth birthday again. We do not expect to be equipping them with zimmer frames but the odd bengala may be required.

We will be asking the public to bet on which members will manage to complete this Olympian challenge within the week.  To help them, we will be giving details of the participants in the forthcoming weeks during the training and their current physical state. Follow this space

Walking in the Algarve

RC Silves looks at many ways to raise funds for our community in Silves and to do it through fellowship. We are looking at many possibilities for fundraising one of which focuses on exercise. To get ready for this possible challenge we have started some training walks. The first was a 7K walk around the Arade and Odelouca Rivers.  A bakers dozen took part and all managed it well. Two members who were back in the UK joined us in spirit. They walked in the snow and ice. Much Chillier.

Down by the riverA Short history lesson

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Rotary Silves Shoeboxes

Every year RC Silves contributes to the Castelo de Sonhos Shoe box appeal. This provides Christmas gifts to the families in need at Christmas. The first of the RC Silves shoe boxes were delivered to the Holiday Inn today. Making RC Silves total 30 so far with more to come. The appeal aims to provide 250 families with a gift this Christmas.

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Silves Rotary Club Plaque Unveiled

Silves Rotary club meets regularly at the Holiday Inn, Armacao de Pera. The President Alan Winn, Past President Isabel Flores and a representative of the hotel unveiled a plaque on the 11 November to highlight our long running partnership. The Holiday Inn has always enthusiastically supported the club in its endeavors to raise funds and support the local community.

 

RC Silves Members

Visiting Artist Receives a Flag

Susan Puttick, a celebrated artist, resident in the Algarve visited the members of RC Silves to discuss a fundraising opportunity. Susan produces artwork and cards of the flora of the world. The flag exchange was a mark of appreciation of her work and her generous donation to the club’s community support funds. Members look forward to working with her in the future.

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Donations for Castelo de Sonhos

Nicky and Steve Emms returned to us from the UK this week and brought with them donations for Castelo de Sonhos. We were pleased to see Nicky and Steve and of course their goodies, which they delivered to Castelo de Sonhos for the benefit of the Silves community.

Establishing goodwill and fellowship between Britain, Ireland and Portugal

This rotary year 2020/21, RC Silves has joined the new Inter-Country Committee established between Portugal – Great Britain-Ireland (RGB&I).

The founding Rotary Districts and Clubs are:-

Portuguese Section  

For District 1960 RC Oeiras, RC Silves, RC Almancil International, RC Estoi-Palace International, RC São João da Madeira, RC Porto and District 1970 RC Guimarães

Britain and Ireland (RGB&I) Section

For District 1040, RC Leeds White Rose, for District 1060, RC Great Britain and Ireland, for District 1070, RC Leicester, Rotaract Club of Leicester Universities, for District 1100, RC Bristol, for District 1145, RC Kew Gardens and for District 1240 RC Halstead

The clubs involved have committed to increase international understanding, intercultural sharing, establish goodwill and promote fellowship between Britain, Ireland and Portugal. Through common projects they will aim to improve awareness and mutual understanding between communities and cultures.

RC Silves looks forward to joining its fellow Rotarians in this endeavour.

 

Help for the community during this confinement.

During the Civid 19 Pandemic , monies normally spent on lunch were donated to funds to meet local need. This fund has been used so far to purchase extra food required to supplement the support for families in Silves. RC Silves will continue to help wherever possible.

Christmas Shoebox Campaign for the Elderly a Tremendous Success

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.

 

 

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.