By 2018-11-07 InCommunity

Rotary dinner celebrates 10 years of service in the community

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) was chartered 10 years ago and to recognise this and reflect on the work of the club in the community, a celebration dinner was recently held at the Quinta da Senhora Menina in Faro. Faro Mayor Rogério Bacalhau was the guest of honour.

Ninety people attended the evening and were entertained by ‘fadista’ Cristina and Portuguese guitar player Ricardo Martins.

The Rotary Movement was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris and, in his honour, Paul Harris Awards are given to Rotarians and friends for outstanding effort.

In the past three years, RCEPI has joined forces with the Wolf Valley Charity to provide two mobile cancer screening units to the Algarve Oncology Association and helped purchase vans for the Estoi Casa do Povo and the Vale Silves Community Centre.

The club was pleased to give a Paul Harris Award to Paulo Chaves, president of the Wolf Valley Charity, and also award honorary membership of the club to both Chaves and Graham Miller, their treasurer.

Paul Harris Awards were also given to Past President Manuela Robinson and the club’s web administrator Richard Thorpe. Honorary memberships were also awarded to Orlando Araújo, general manager at Estoi Palace Pousada, and Zélia Rosão from the Poeta Emiliano da Costa School in Estoi who has helped RCEPI with many fundraising events to assist local students.

In addition to Abílio Lopes, Past Rotary District Governor and representative of the Rotary Foundation, six Past Presidents were also in attendance to look back on the achievements of the club.

The RCEPI’s Top 10 achievements 2008-2018:

1. 50,000 litres of milk delivered to Estoi Casa do Povo for local families registered with the Faro Food Bank
2. Mobile breast screening unit presented to the Algarve Oncology Association
3. Purchase of a refrigerated delivery van for Faro Food Bank
4. Fully-equipped ambulance for São Brás Bombeiros
5. Support for local students at University
6. Purchase of people carrier vehicle for Estoi Casa do Povo
7. Christmas gifts and parties for local children at Estoi Casa do Povo
8. Annual Arraial for Estoi Secondary School
9. Mobile unit for skin and lung cancer screening presented to the Algarve Oncology Association
10. 100% Paul Harris recognition for the RCEPI

If you would like more information on RCEPI, email or visit

Charity bike ride in aid of polio
A charity bike ride organised by the Rotary Club Estoi Palace International, in association with Activity Bike Rides Algarve, will be held on Sunday, November 25, at 9.30am. Proceeds raised will be in aid of the fight to eradicate polio.

Organisers say: “There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life. As long as a single child remains infected, children in all countries are at risk of contracting polio. Join us to help eradicate this disease by either taking part in the cycle ride, sponsoring a rider or just making a donation.”

All funds raised will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill Gates Foundation.

The ride starts at the Estoi Palace Pousada and finishes near Estoi church. There are two rides which will take about three hours: one includes the challenging Serra de São Miguel and the other will be on easier, flatter terrain.

For further information, call 936 933 799 or email

Photo: From left: RCEPI Past President Manuela Robinson, RCEPI President Bruno Sousa Costa and RCEPI President Elect Christine Fay

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