Staff at the International School of the Algarve, near Porches, organised a Christmas dinner for needy families in the Lagoa council on December 23.
Students at the school had raised around €5,000 this year for a variety of charities, some local, others worldwide, but now it was the turn of the staff to make their time and efforts available for a charitable cause.
The school, through some of its staff, had been working together with the Lagoa Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People (CPCJ) to identify and support around 15 of the most deprived families in the Lagoa area.
On December 23, these families attended a special festive dinner in the school refectory.
Headmaster John Butterworth told the Algarve Resident: “The kitchen staff worked late, offering their service free of charge, to produce a delicious and nutritious Christmas meal.”
Members of the teaching staff attended to serve the meal and create a festive atmosphere. All the school’s teachers had previously made a collection of around €800 with which food items had been purchased.
These were arranged into the Christmas baskets which each family took home at the end of the dinner.
Others playing their part in the success of the evening were the bus company Eva, which provided a 55-seat coach to collect and return the families, meat supplier Sr Arsénio, who provided chickens for the dinner, and food supply company Masil, which provided potatoes and rice free of charge.
“This event illustrates the school’s ongoing commitment to charitable initiatives, convinced that they play an important part in the whole process of educating students for citizenship,” said John Butterworth.