For over a week, the children who attend the Clube do Bibe Infant School in Vilamoura have been preparing a multitude of carefully crafted items with lots of love, care and dedication so that they can be sold to at the Market to raise funds for other children who aren’t as lucky as they are who are cared for by “EXISTIR - – Associação para a Intervenção e Reabilitação de Pessoas Deficientes e Desfavorecidas” who are based in Loulé.
If you were in the Praça Lusort in Vilamoura, where the Old Vilamoura Cinema is on Saturday the 9th November between 09:00 and 14:00, you would have been confronted with a number of stalls all nicely laid out baring lots of handicraft, cakes, books, Xmas Tree decorations, and lots of other goodies that were made by the children.
I was speaking to one of the parents that who told me that they were up until 2am a couple of nights during the week leading up to the 9th to ensure that these items were ready!
There were also stalls from KoisasKomKarinho, Existir also had their own stall selling regional homemade honey and jams along with other items that are too many to list. Naturally, being November, and a São Martinho market, it just wouldn’t have been the same without the wafting of smoke created by the “Castanhas” being baked by a local seller who I’m sure did a good trade.
There was also a bouncy castle available and Balões e Sorrisos were also present to transform young faces into works of art.
To top it off, Daracle Photography, as a school collaborator, was very proud to be associated with this event and apart from taking photos and making them available for all for free, also assisted in raising funds for the cause by having a raffle with a single prize of a Family Photo Session worth €120.00.
The draw was made on the day with the winner being Srª. Manuela Silva from the KoisasKomKarinho stall.
Congratulations Srª. Silva, we’ll be in touch with the details.
Apart from all the immediate necessities that were also donated by parents, I have heard that the total amount of funds raised by this intervention went well over €900.00!
So I think that it is worthwhile that everyone involved should give themselves a massive pat on the back and congratulate each other for this wonderful achievement.
Finally, apart from the photos in this blog entry, please click on the link below for access to the Mercadinho São Martinho by Clube do Bibe Gallery