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Be an Angel this ChristmasACCA’s annual Angel Programme provides an opportunity to those who want to make a difference. The charity, which focuses on the needs of under-privileged children across the Algarve, works closely with institutions, schools and community centres to ensure that the most needy get a special gift from Santa. And that is where you come in, by being an Angel.

New ACCA Greetings Cards Now AvailableWith the help of six internationally-renowned artists, generous sponsors and the ArtCatto gallery in Loule, children’s charity ACCA has produced its second series of six luxury greetings cards (with blank insides). All the proceeds from this fund-raising venture will be used to support the projects ACCA is involved in that help make a difference to the lives of  young people in need across the Algarve.

END POLIO NOW 3rd Annual Charity Bike Ride - Nov 19thRC Estoi Palace International in association with Algarve Bike Holidays is organizing its 3rd annual charity bike ride on Sunday, 19th November, 9.30am, from Estoi Palace Pousada, to benefit the End Polio Now Campaign. The ride will take around 2 hours and includes the challenging Sao Miguel mountain peak.

Balaia Bowls Club donate €10,000 to Albufeira FirefightersAlbufeira Firefighters already have more than 10,000 euros in donations from Balaia Bowls Club. For the second consecutive year, the Balaia Bowling Club, consisting mainly of members of the English community residing in Albufeira and in some bordering counties, in an accumulation of several initiatives that took place throughout the year, after having been presented a relation of the greater needs of the firefighters, make an expressive donation in equipment that amounts to ten thousand euros.
The equipment includes the purchase of 100 units of uniforms, facial pieces, which will allow each firefighter to be individually equipped with his own equipment, to attach to respiratory devices that allow them to be in oxygen-free atmospheres, personal safety alarms and radio communication equipment.

For the Fire Department this donation reflects the recognition of the importance of the work that has been developed, the concern to give better conditions to the women and men who serve the cause and motivate to continue to serve with more and better security.

Balaia Bowls Club donate €10,000 to Albufeira Firefighters

Heather and SandyWe thought it would be a good idea to introduce you to some of the people who give their time to help at Goldra. Let´s start with two ladies who take on the important task of walking some of the dogs on a regular basis.
This is Heather. Like so many of us she moved here for the weather and the lifestyle, and she has been here now for twelve years. She made contact with Goldra via Lil and Sonia, and has been walking dogs regularly for around 8 months. Again like so many, Heather has adopted a dog from the Sanctuary, and you can see how well she and Sandy get on. In common with all of us who work for Goldra, she is always astonished by the level of dedication shown by Jan and Ray, and keeps coming back because it is so obvious that the dogs are happy and well.cared for.

91 year old RonAs a frequent visitor to the Algarve 91 year old Ron from the East End of London was well aware of how desperate for funding the Portuguese fire service are, so decided on THIS visit he would do his bit!

He and his daughter rallied up some sponsors and on Sept 24th Ron 'flew' the 720 metre long zip line from Spain to Portugal, travelling at a speed of 70 kilometres per hour, to raise money for the Bombeiros!!! 

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