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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.
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.
During this pandemic it has become difficult for Casa do Povo to support all the local families that are in need. Even though members have not been able to meet they have donated their lunch money and more to a fund which allows us to cover those little emergencies that this pandemic has forced on the local community in Messines. Our help also lead to local butchers and grocers joining in with meat and vegetables. Below is a letter from Casa do Povo expressing their thanks. The pictures show just a few of the things purchased.
We haven’t enough words to express our gratitude to you! All your support during the last years had been so important to us! to be truth, every time that we need help, you come to us to resolve our problem. The last weeks were very hard for everyone and your help was amazing.
Thank you so much for supporting us!
The pupils from Wildern School arrived in the Algarve to brilliant weather a respite from the cold wet weather in the UK. They joined their host families for an exciting time, with visits to Lisbon, Sagres, Vilamoura, Lagos and Monchique.
This year is the sixth year of the exchange and probably the best with families forming long term relationships. The next exchange will take place in September.
A bi product of our primary school art project lead by David Trubshaw, past president and resident artist
were 30 screens of fantastic artwork. Pupils were asked to decorate a sardine and their imaginations ran riot.
After hanging in the Lady in Red Art Gallery, the fantastic results now have a permeant home in the new facility at Casa do Povo.