Os Mosqueteiros – the group that owns Intermarché, Bricomarché and Roady stores in Portugal – is donating €162,000 to charities across the country.
Initially, the plan was to distribute the money between the charities depending on how many online votes each received through the festive campaign “Votos Felizes” (www.votosfelizes.pt)
But a representative for the group told the Resident that the money will instead be divided equally between the charities, each of which will receive €13,500.
The selected charities include Banco de Bens Doados, Fundação Santa Rafaela Maria, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Boliqueime, Centro Social Paroquial de Larinho, Ajudaris, Associação Baptista Shalom, Obra Social & Cultural Sílvia Cardoso, Associação de Solidariedade Social de S. Tiago de Fraião, Associação Centro de Convívio e Recreio do Outeiro da Cortiçada, Associação de Solidariedade Social Alvorada na Serra, Associação de Solidariedade Social “Renascer de Bombel” and Casa do Povo de Vilarinho das Fontes.
“In an especially challenging year, we decided to once again hold the ‘Votos Felizes’ initiative for the third year in a row. It is in the toughest of times that it becomes even more important to come together for what is truly relevant,” said João Magalhães, the head of Grupo Os Mosqueteiros.
“Throughout the campaign’s 20 days, we realised that the values of the festive season are still very much alive and that when the Portuguese come together, fantastic things happen.”