Golfers look for support to help good cause

By INÊS LOPES ines.lopes@theresidentgroup.com

A group of golfers in the Lagos area has been working tirelessly over the years to help underprivileged children in the council.

And this year will be no exception with a special Charity Golf Day planned at the Boavista Golf & Spa Resort near Lagos on June 25.

The event will be to raise much needed funds for the Lar de Jovens, the home for children and youths in Lagos which falls under the umbrella institution Centro de Assistência Social Lucinda Anino dos Santos, and the students of NECI, the school for special needs children in Montinhos da Luz.

The golfers, again supported by Boavista who has provided the course free of charge for the event, are working with one goal in mind: to raise as much money as possible to be put towards the care and comfort of those children who have either been removed from their family homes due to undesirable circumstances or are in need of improved special needs education facilities.

This week, the Algarve Resident, which is sponsoring the event, met with Dr Nuno Ricardo Ferro, the Technical Director of the Lar de Jovens, to understand how the home is run, what is needed to improve the quality of life of the children and how the Algarve community can help.

The home, located in a large old building in the centre of Lagos, easily goes unnoticed to passers-by in the area, but beyond the high walls and gated entrance stands the refuge for 40 children aged between seven and 19, who all come from an unfortunate background.

Dr Nuno Ferro is adamant children receive the best care possible while providing them with an environment that they can call home.

He said: “The Lar de Jovens is run like any family home. The children go to school, enrol in different activities such as music, dance or sport, and find the protection and care that they need within these walls.”

He said that the priority this year was to find the funds to carry out maintenance and renovation works on the building, which is around 50 years old.

“Also, a lot of the furniture needs replacing to ensure the comfort of the children,” he said, adding that the home always welcomes donations of books, art materials, stationary, audio-visual equipment and new clothing and shoes.

Stephen Dodds, one of the organisers of the Boavista Charity Golf Day, said: “We have been supporting the Lar de Jovens since 2003. All the funds we raise go towards the care and comfort of the children. We find out from the home what they need and then set ourselves a task to accomplish it.”

Under the motto ‘if you can drive then our two charities can survive’, the Charity Golf Day is an Open Pairs Betterball Stableford competition with a shotgun start at 11am.

The entry fee is €55 (this year reduced by €20) and includes free use of the buggies, the green fees, a bbq including wine, live entertainment and auction participation.

There will also be prizes for first, second and third pairs as well as nearest the pin ladies and nearest the pin gentleman.

Non-golfing partners are also welcome with the spa facilities open for a reduced fee of €5 per person, offering the use of the heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and fully equipped gym. After the pampering session, non-golfers can join others for the barbecue and entertainment for an extra €20.

If anyone or any company would like to help this worthy cause by sponsoring a hole or donating an auction prize, or for more information about the event, please contact the Boavista reception on 282 000 111.