afpop East Algarve organised a Wine Tasting & Dinner at Octant Vila Monte in Moncarapacho on November 17 and raised €1,835 for StreetLife, a local animal sterilisation programme.
Organiser Linda Cree from StreetLife said: “The evening was truly magical with 100 guests having a great time tasting wines and enjoying a fabulous meal prepared by the hotel chefs.
“The Vila Monte team were exceptional. Excellent service from the moment the first glass of fizz was poured to the last glass of red wine. The atmosphere in the Laranjal restaurant was buzzing and it was nothing to do with the wine flowing!”
Quinta do Escudial sponsored the wines for the evening. Five wines were tasted plus a welcome glass of Espumante. Presenting the wines were Paulo Primaz and Filipe Morais.
Thanks went to afpop EA members and StreetLife supporters who attended the evening.
“Everyone’s generosity was overwhelming and StreetLife thanks everyone involved in the evening for helping to make a difference to the lives of so many local dogs,” said Linda. “Thanks also went to restaurants Tribulum, Barbacoa and Bamboo, plus Pinetrees Riding for donating vouchers, and Octant Vila Monte which donated an overnight stay. All the guests arrived with ‘gifts’ to make up hampers – everyone’s generosity was overwhelming.”
Thank you, Tina!
Meanwhile, Tina McEvoy, an artist who creates Art to Help Dogs, held an art exhibition in the reception area of the Octant Vila Monte Hotel on November 17.
As a result, donations were received for four of her paintings, raising €615 which was donated to StreetLife and will make an “incredible difference” to the local animal sterilisation programme.
All of her artwork is now for her project “Art to help dogs in need”. She wants to help reduce unnecessary suffering of unwanted puppies.
She doesn’t sell her artwork. She asks for a donation, which then goes to animal associations, StreetLife being one of them.
“Tina is a very talented artist and her support to StreetLife is so very appreciated,” said Linda.
Tina McEvoy (www.tinamcevoy.de) has been involved in various exhibitions both in the UK and Madeira.
StreetLife is a non-profit association which supports low-income families with insufficient funds and helps animal shelters to sterilise their dogs, reducing the number of unwanted puppies and strays in the East Algarve. StreetLife has currently authorised the sterilisation of 760+ local dogs.