Choir || For the second year running, The Algarve Rock Choir and The Salvation Army Brass Band got together to perform two nights in the São Brás de Alportel Theatre.
The ensemble of about 20 singers and 14 musicians filled the great stage of the theatre with a remarkable performance of popular Christmas songs and carols, receiving a wonderful reception from their audience.
A total of €4,500 was raised, of which all proceeds went to the Salvation Army’s Food Distribution programme and the “Tavira Treasure” Red Cross project, both helping the poor and needy in the area.
A few days later, Mary Parkin, wife of Howard Scott Parkin, musical director of the choir, went along with Captain Luis Viriato, band leader of The Salvation Army, to assist with the food distribution and said she was saddened by the extreme poverty of at least 50 families in the area. “Many of the houses have roofs missing and walls falling down and can only be described as ‘ruins’, with just tarpaulin sheets as cover from the weather. The collapsing walls are a danger to the families,” she said.
“It is hard to believe that this kind of thing still exists right on our doorsteps,” said Mary, “so we have decided to do something to help these people, who accept their plight without complaint.”
Captain Luis and Howard are asking for volunteers to help build or donate items such as building blocks, bags of cement, roof tiles and kitchen or bathroom cabinets. In fact, anything that can be used in construction. “Many of us have surplus things like these in our garages,” says Howard, who asks for anyone with items “in extremely good condition” to get in touch with him.
Volunteers are also needed with trucks to pick up and deliver materials.
919 968 768 (Howard) | 962 537 646 (Luis) | [email protected]