Fashion and glamour support local causes

The Florentinta Charity Fashion Show took place on Saturday, March 23 at Monte Vale d’Éguas Restaurant in Almancil, raising over €3,000 for charity.

Over 150 people attended to watch the 12 glamourous models strut their stuff and showcase a selection of clothes available from Florentinta.

Gail McAteer, who owns the long-established company of Florentyna Dawn in the UK, is now expanding the Portuguese side of the business, Florentinta, to incorporate ladieswear – “this is due to numerous client requests to stock brands that are different in style from any others available in Portugal,” she said.

Florentinta, together with the Crown Paint Centre, have recently opened The Home Centre – described as “an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures waiting to be found” – in Almancil.

The fashion show raised €3,000 in aid of Rotary Club Estoi Palace International and the StreetLife Animal Sterilisation Programme.

The Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) last year helped with the purchase of a mobile unit to screen throughout the Algarve for lung and skin cancer. This year, following an inspiring talk by the head nurse of Faro Paediatric Unit, RCEPI decided to join forces with Rotary Club Faro to purchase an AccuVein AV400. This small, hand-held device, employs two lasers to locate veins up to 10 mm deep to the accuracy of a human hair.

The paediatric unit processes 39,000 children in a year and it can be very difficult and very painful to locate their veins. This innovative machine removes all the uncertainty and pain and makes things much easier for healthcare professionals and, more importantly, the patient.

StreetLife was launched in September 2017 and has gone from strength to strength. Their mission is to reduce the number of stray and abandoned dogs in the East Algarve through their sterilisation programme.

They are a non-profit organisation set up to support local pet owners with insufficient funds to sterilise their dogs, which often results in unwanted puppies being dumped. They also sterilise stray dogs and support local animal shelters.

To date, they have sterilised over 200 dogs but rely totally on donations. To help StreetLife make a difference, you can become a StreetBuddy for €5 per month. |

From left: Vicki, Aurea, Elaine, Gail, Linda, Hannah, Chantal, Paula, Shirley, Diana, Jan and Beta