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Trying Walk

Saturday 14 May was the latest trading day for our sponsored walk to Santiago de Compostela.

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7 club members took part in a two stage walk around the Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande areas. Stage one included areas around the estuary with its cooling breezes and flamingos and stage two further in land amongst fields of poppies.

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Each part was approximately 7.5km in length and so older members who will walk the Camino as a team were able to walk the shorter distance where fitter members were able to complete the full distance.

Further trading walks will take place before the summer and in the early autumn in readiness for the sponsored walk starting in Valence on 23 September.

The club is hoping to raise sufficient money to complete the funding of a sensory room and safe outside area for children between 4 and 9 years with autism, Downs Syndrome and other disabilities in the Agroupamento Silves Sul school campus in Armacao de Pera.

The school has a similar facility on its Algoz campus for older children from the age of 10 upwards.

The club has already raised over 4000€ from the concert at the end of April.

RC Silves has a strong commitment to supporting our community and will continue to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

COOL MANOUCHE – OH SO COOL!

On Saturday 30 April, Rotary Silves gave a highly successful concert to a packed house in the Teatro Mascarenhas Gregorio in Silves. The concert featured the well-known group Cool Manouche, Playing their very special gypsy jazz, they entertained the audience royally with classics such as Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” and “Nuages”.

Our thanks go to Câmara de Silves for allowing us to use the theatre. Rotary Silves donated the proceeds from ticket sales, a total amount of €3,900.00, to Agrupamento Escolas Silves Sul, headed by Carlos Silva Diretor do Agrupamento. The sum will go towards their project to build and equip a sensory room and a sensory garden in Armação de Pera to help students with learning difficulties to find peace of mind.

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The longest training walk yet!

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 about 20 kms per day.  All in aid of a much needed Sensory Room and Garden for Armancao de Pera School’s challenged children.

Philippe has started slowly with our training programme. Walk number 5 on Saturday 16 April of 13 kms was around the Barragem do Arade, just over half of what we will be expected to manage on a daily basis on the course itself.

Our starting point

View from the Top

Still smiling half way round

Only two made it the full distance, so we need to gear up to a fitness not yet apparent in our members, who by my calculations on average will never celebrate their seventieth birthday again.

Two Survivors

We will be asking the public to sponsor or donate to members who complete this Olympian challenge.  To help them, we will be giving details of the participants in the forthcoming weeks.  Follow this space

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.

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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.

 

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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.