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Algarve children fast for charity

Children from the St Vincent’s Youth Club in Praia da Luz will be taking part in a 30-hour famine on June 22 and 23 to raise funds for the Red Cross in Lagos.

Last year funds raised from the fast went to help fund a children’s feeding programme in Peru but this year the group will be donating any money they manage to raise to local initiatives in the Lagos area.

Father Haynes Hubbard of the St Vincent’s Church told the Algarve Resident: “Portugal, as you know, is in the middle of a muddle and everything is being cut back which means the poor are increasingly being left to fend for themselves.

“We have asked the local Red Cross what we can do to help and they have given us some ideas so all the funds we raise will go through them to local needs in and around Lagos including the orphanage, food banks and clothing co-ops.”

During the fast, the children who take part will be visiting the food bank, a shelter and shopping for food for the hungry while also taking part in fun activities to pass

the time.

The 14 members of the Kid’s Club that took part last year raised more than €1,600 and it is hoped that this amount can be exceeded this year.

Children taking part in the fast are being encouraged to gather as much sponsorship as possible with prizes for amounts raised including pizza meals and gift certificates for those raising over €100 and €150 while the child who raises the most will be given a voucher for Luz Water Sports as an added incentive.

For further information, sponsorship or taking part, please call 282 789 660 or visit www.stvincentsalgarve.org.