A fundraising event in aid of the Oncology Association of the Algarve (AOA), held at Moveison outdoor living store near Lagos on May 7, raised 2,000 euros in less than three hours for the charity, double the target hoped for the day.
Guests at the charity lunch raised money by contributing to a generous raffle, with prizes provided by business partners, while an auction of an outdoor dining set provided by Moveison added to the grand total.
“Seeing my best friend Tony dying of cancer three years ago was the spur I needed to get our company to carry out some important fundraising for the AOA,” said Chris Winstanley, co-owner of Moveison.
The AOA works to provide funds in support of cancer care in the Algarve and have provided funding for a state of the art radiotherapy unit in Faro, the first of its kind in the Algarve and Alentejo regions.
Maria de Lurdes Pereira, the chief fundraiser for the AOA, attended the lunch at the Moveison showroom and said: “I am delighted with the amount of money raised today. Our association wants to assist in providing the best cancer care possible in the region and fundraising like this really does make a difference.”
On a recent trip to the radiotherapy unit in Faro, Chris Winstanley was impressed with the dedication of all the staff and told guests at the lunch:
“The unit is amazing, however, there is no overnight accommodation available so patients have to travel to and from the unit for daily treatment. I saw one man with throat cancer being taken back to the Alentejo only to face the same journey the following day,” he said.
Maria de Lurdes explained that the next project for the charity will be to build a hostel for patients, called Casa Flor de Dunas, on land donated by Faro Câmara and funds were now being channelled into this project.
At the end of the event, Chris Winstanley revealed that he would be aiming to complete a sponsored bike ride from Ayamonte to Cape St Vincent in May next year to raise further funds for the association. He joked: “There, I have declared it in front of a large group of people so I will have to do it now!”
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