Rotary donates €2,800 to help cerebral palsy children

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) presented a cheque for €2,800 to APPC Faro, an association supporting children with cerebral palsy and related neurological diseases and their families, on June 27 at the association’s annual fundraising Arraial street party. The funds will be used to purchase a special posture wheelchair to help in the work they do with cerebral palsy children.

Hundreds of people joined in the fun and festivities, enjoying a light meal, entertainment and dancing. The event aimed to raise funds for the remodelling of APPC’s Sensory Room, a space used by over 80 patients to promote self-awareness and control through the discovery and exploration of the sensors.

RCEPI had raised funds for APPC at its Romantic Dinner event in February and joined forces again with the Wolf Valley Charity, who donated €1,000 towards the final amount.
APPC was founded in November 1982 to help children with cerebral palsy. From 1982 until 1998, it operated from temporary facilities provided by Faro Council. In 1999, purpose-built headquarters were opened in Faro. With this, the ability to assist families was significantly increased and resources and programmes were developed to help health/rehabilitation, education, occupational support, training and employment, sport and recreation.

In 2013, APPC Faro inaugurated a new facility, located in Montenegro, consisting of a Residential Home and an Autonomous Residence, equipped with features that allow greater quality of life and independence for young people affected by this disease.

Photo from left: RCEPI member Phil Wyndham, RCEPI Past President Manuela Robinson, APPC Director Graciete Campos, RCEPI President Bruno Sousa Costa