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West Coast After lots of discussions with readers in the west there seemed to be some enthusiasm for a west coast page in the newsletter. We thought it was a good idea so for the first time this month we bring you this new section. Matt D’Arcy will be our correspondent for the area but if you have any ideas please share them with our editor email@example.com
Family Fun Day By Matt D’Arcy
It’s all about family fun in the sun! The West Coast’s third annual Family Fun Day, the pivotal event of a local residents’ association 2016 charity fund-raising, is to take place on Saturday August 13th near Aljezur. And the organisers, Amovate (Associação Dos Moradores e Amigos do Vale Da Telha or the Association of Residents and Friends of Vale da Telha), expect it to once again live up to its name! The first two attracted an estimated total of around 650 people and a spokesman said: “The last two did what it said on the tin, and we expect the same again. “They certainly were Fun-In-The-Sun days, and they were family-oriented with perhaps more kids enjoying themselves than anyone’s ever seen in one place on Vale da Telha. “It will take place on the large field in front of Hugo’s Bar at the apartments on the road leading from Vale da Telha towards Arrifana and we are planning to pack the afternoon and evening with a variety of activities, events and entertainments for the whole family to enjoy. “The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word 'fun' as a source or cause of amusement or pleasure, also diversion, amusement, sport; also, boisterous jocularity or gaiety, drollery. “And that’s exactly what we’ve got planned; all of the above. Mum and dad will love it, and so will the kids—six hours of unbridled pleasure and enjoyment.” For the mums and dads there is a beer tent selling draught
Guinness and John Smith’s Bitter as well as Sagres. And Hugo’s Bar, the co-host of the event, will be offering their usual cocktails along with the normal wines, beers and spirits.
Aljezur Bombeiros plus three life-saving defibrillators, two for the Bombeiros to use in their vehicles and the other for the use of residents in Vale da Telha and the surrounding districts.
Amovate’s first two Family Fun Days attracted an estimated total of around 650 people. And, as before, this year’s event, which will raise funds for the Conferencia de Nossa Senhora d' Alva, a childrens’ charity in Aljezur, runs from 2pm to 8pm, with a packed programme of games and entertainment.
“We have provided and/or facilitated the donation of 35 wheelchairs for Portimāo Hospital (the donation also included 50 hot/cold gel packs for pain relief) and a walking frame for the orthopaedics unit, a ripple bed to ease the suffering of longterm bedridden patients, a much-needed new computer for a rehabilitation centre and a washing machine for a local charity, which has also received cash donations from Amovate.
There will be pony rides, children’s entertainment with a juggler and balloon sculptor, a bouncy castle, face-painting and various stalls, some with games to play and others selling a wide variety of goods. And the day will close with live music from Emma Louise, well known across the Algarve as an accomplished and versatile singer with an incredible vocal range covering pop, country and soul music. There is also the extra attraction of Amovate’s famous West Coast car boot sale, normally held on the first Sunday of each month at Amovate Old School House HQ in Vales. But for this August month only, the car boot will be held alongside the Family Fun Day at the apartments central area, from 2pm, with the usual caveat: Unwanted household items only--no goods grown, made or bought for profit please. Stallholders charged €2 for each table space, x multiples of €2, or €4 for vans (i.e. Transit size). Amovate’s spokesman added: “Just as importantly, while everybody’s having such a good time they’ll be helping to raise more money for the charities supported every year by Amovate. “We are proud that through our Charity Fund we have helped local families in need, helped facilitate the donation of €50,000 worth of firefighting and life-saving equipment for
“So, while you are having as good time today you can do so knowing you will also be helping good causes in your area. “So come along, bring the family, support our local worthy causes…and have a great time in the process! “A wise woman once said: “As long as you’re having fun, you’re doing the right thing”. “So, why not do the right thing? Come along to the Family Fun Day and enjoy a fun-packed day out”. This is the timetable of events – although the timings may change a little on the day! Open at 14.00, fire dancer at 14.30, Bombeiros Band 15.00 (awaiting confirmation), fire dancer 15.45 and Emma Louise (singer) 16.30 to 19.00.