Golfers support Parkison’s and Alzheimer’s patients
Event organiser John Slatter (second from right) with Team Thorne and Paul Thorne's son, Robert

Golfers support Parkison’s and Alzheimer’s patients

Almancil International Rotary Club broke all its own fundraising records at a recent golf tournament held at the Vilamoura Old Course when a total of €14,400 was raised for the benefit of local charities.

Eighty-six players participated. The winning team was announced at a gala dinner held at The Millennium course clubhouse in the evening attended by more than 140 people.

Team Thorne took first prize, with other participants winning many other prizes including longest shot and closest to the hole. Unfortunately, no-one achieved a hole in one which would have won them a Mercedes car.

Some of the money raised has already been spent on providing four electrically operated chairs for the Associação Humanitária dos Doentes de Parkinson e Alzheimer (AHDPA) day care centre, based in Vila Sol, Quarteira, which provides day care facilities and companionship for sufferers of these two diseases together with psycho-social support programmes. This brings the total number of chairs provided by the club to the association to eight.

Club President Mark Hulit congratulated the organisers of the event who had worked for several months to make it a success. “We are a small club,” said Mark, “but we have a core membership who work incredibly hard throughout the year organising events to raise funds. With these funds, we have been able to help a large number of local charities and disadvantaged people. We welcome recommendations and, indeed, new members who are willing to give their time to help us to help others. We must also not forget the many local businesses that help us with donations or prizes.”