Backpacks bring smiles to schoolchildren

The “Back to School Appeal” for backpacks and other school essentials for the Algarve’s needy children has so far been a success, say organisers, and there is still time to donate.

The request this year is for donations of €5 to buy a quality backpack (mochila) plus gym bag or 10 exercise books (cadernos).

Algarve charities ACCA and Castelo de Sonhos are hoping to help more than 600 children this year.

Also involved in the initiative are Gary and Sylvia King of The Golf Shack, who are not only a drop-off point but are also offering the special price of €5 for the backpack plus gym bag.

If you prefer to purchase the items yourself, they may be left at one of the following drop off points: Castelo de Sonhos, Silves; Holiday Inn Algarve, Armação de Pêra; The Golf Shack on EN125 between Porches and Alcantarilha; Casa Curiosa on EN125 between Almancil and Faro; Lewis Andrews, opposite Apolónia, Almancil; Farmácia Nobre Passos in Almancil; or C.A.R.D.S in Lagos.

You can also make a bank transfer to ACCA Ass. Solid. Crianças Carenciadas Algarve: IBAN PT50 0079 00004342641910 122

Items and donations are needed by Tuesday, September 6.

Central Algarve: 918 376 657 |

Western Algarve: 282 332 665 |