The year 2023 sped by. Jenny Clarke at the Association for Protection of Animals Algarve (APAA) is aided by a fantastic team: Jackie who not only bakes cookies but looks after the books; Jane, VP, who assists where she can with car boot sales, translations; and her son Joe’s important debut as ambassador to Silves Secondary School’s new animal project.
Joe is keen to get his pals onto the APAA wagon. Mum Jane is proud that the school came up with a grand prize donation. Head teacher, Susana Barros, was sure that SSS would be following through during 2024.
SNiP is APAA’s weapon against the forever increasing furry, feline federation. Their own personal ‘Cat Woman’ Zélia has been busy throughout the year indoctrinating and assisting people with private colonies.
Raising money through ‘Pop-Up’ Shops, Anita, their main woman for the shops, has also raised a lot of interest amongst the community. Events, such as lunches, dinners and special private events held by Jackie, and Birgit Coens, a long-term member, holds a special ‘Norwegian Christmas’ lunch for her friends. Birgit puts on a stunning typical Nordic affair worth every ‘krone’ as they say. All profits are given with her good wishes to APAA – “bra gjort Birgit!”.
So, there is a new year ahead with huge expectations, and new members joining. “The two charity shops at Alvor and Silves need a load of new stuff!” Jenny and Anita have depleted stocks during the year for their ‘pop-ups’.
“We’re always on the look-out for good items, new or second hand, as long as they are in good condition.” There is a real array of assorted items, for the house, garden or patio, pet and human goodies. Amongst all of these cooking pots, ornaments, tableware, books, clothing and man-cave stuff will be Jenny’s preserves, jams and marmalades (they have new recipes with chunks of good fresh produce introduced by Jenny throughout the year) and Jackie’s cookies. Amongst these treasures will also be collectable items, for sure. And don’t forget to look out for APAA’s fridge magnets.
“We really have to thank everyone who helps APAA. Not all are members, some are followers and friends, but somehow, they are there when needed. Our shop volunteers are amazing. Anita with her ‘Pop-Up’ Shops too. All taken very seriously. Of course!
“Especially, a huge ‘thank you’ to all the shelters, volunteers tirelessly working throughout the year,” concluded Jenny.