Community braves cold sea to raise money for shoes

news: Community braves cold sea to raise money for shoes

The Swim for Shoes event, held annually on Armação de Pêra beach on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, raised just over €1,000 to purchase new shoes for children in care.

Organisers the Holiday Inn Algarve said: “Congratulations and thanks to all those who participated either by paddling or getting totally immersed in the sea.

“As one swimmer said ‘it was not only a good way to raise funds for charity, but also a fun way to spend Christmas morning’.”

On Christmas Day, a film crew from TVI filmed the event and interviewed a number of participants. This brought a lot of national attention to the event when it was shown on their news programme.

Father Christmas was well represented and after singing We wish you a Merry Christmas and A Todos um Bom Natal, ran down to the waiting sea.

The money will be used to buy shoes during the year for the teenagers at A Gaivota and Santa Casada Misericórdia in Albufeira. Each child at school needs a pair of trainers and plimsolls and the amount raised means that all teenagers will be fully kitted out.

Certificates were awarded to those who got wet and everyone enjoyed a Hot Chocolate at the Holiday Inn Algarve bar afterwards.