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Artist helps Pirilampos

By ELOISE WALTON [email protected]

Welsh resident and artist David Haines has raised around 1,000 euros and collected hundreds of items for the Pirilampos children’s home in Olhos D’Água, Albufeira, during an art exhibition at Albufeira’s municipal gallery.

David Haines told the Algarve Resident: “I first became involved with the Pirilampos children’s home more than a year ago after seeing an advert asking for all sorts of products such as baby milk and nappies.

“I realised they really needed a lot of help, so I decided to contact the home and offered to do an art exhibition for them.”

David gave the home 20 canvases, brushes and paints for the children to create paintings that would be exhibited in Albufeira’s municipal gallery.

“The exhibition was a success and we sold all of the children’s paintings. There was someone at the gallery everyday of the exhibition to inform visitors about the home and the needs of the children,” said David.

 “I was disappointed that few foreign residents came, but many Portuguese and foreign holidaymakers visited the exhibition. I would talk to people about Pirilampos and many would return the same day with a bag full of items such as toothpaste, shampoo and nappies for the home.”

He said that he hopes to do another exhibition in the future for the children’s home, but in the mean time, he encourages people to help in any way they can and visit Pirilampos.

For more information about the Pirilampos children’s home, please telephone 289 542 515 or 916 944 054.

The home welcomes visitors and donations of items such as books, DVDs, milk and toiletries.

David Haines also provides people with a drop-off point for donated items for the home at his gallery in Largo Dom Pedro I in Loulé, opposite the municipal gallery.