Rotary donates bikes to rehabilitation centre

Bicycles have been donated to the Grupo de Ajuda a Toxicodependentes (GATO), a non-profit organisation providing assistance to drug users, by members of the Rotary Club Estoi Palace.

Founded in 1990 and based in Faro, GATO aims to give care and treatment to drug users while monitoring the professional and social reintegration of the former addicts.

The organisation runs a therapeutic centre in Azinheiro, near Estoi, and the centre has a capacity for 24 residents who are supported by a technical team of clinical psychologists, a sociologist, psychiatrist and general practitioner.

The primary goal of the GATO centre is the gradual preparation of residents for the acceptance of responsibility for their own lives both within the group and as part of the wider community with the aim of rehabilitating individuals within six months.

The Rotary Club Estoi Palace has visited the centre previously and donated computer equipment while the bicycles, which were provided by Paul Beesley who runs Activity Algarve, were given to GATO also for use by the residents at the therapeutic centre.

For further information about GATO, please call 289 823 305. For further information about the Rotary Club Estoi Palace, please visit www.rotaryestoipalace.org (available in English).