Our club had organised a fun, ‘retro’ Easter fund-raising event which included afternoon tea and an Easter Bonnet parade to be held at the Conrad Algarve Hotel. Due to the Covid 19 outbreak, all social events had to be cancelled. However, the club members were determined to find ways to continue to support the local community and wear their hats when meetings continued to be held in a ‘virtual’ format.
Chairman of Community Services, Peter Hinze, learned of a fund-raising initiative called ‘Helping Algarve’ which is working to raise funds to support the Algarve Biomedical Centre (ABC), a consortium formed by the University of the Algarve and the Centro Hospital do Algarve which is providing testing and equipment for staff working closely with Covid 19 patients including ventilators which can be provided quickly where they are most needed. The organisation has taken on a central coordinating role organising and quickly supplying protective clothing and other medical supplies and equipment to front-line medical staff and nursing homes. It is a public entity commissioned by the government and as such is bound by a legal duty of transparency on where donations go and how they are invested.
A ‘virtual appeal’ was immediately sent to all our members. Within four days, generous donations from members and a matching grant from the club resulted in a collective donation to the ABC of € 3,670.
Written by Jan Hinze