Cheque presentation: (back row from left) Gary Lipscomb, Vinnie and Joy Kennedy (Black Anchor), Helen Chapman, Mark Fox, Christine and Chris Wright. Kneeling (from left) Karl Chapman, Tanya Fox and Andy Smith

Rowing challenge raises €3,200 for needy families in Olhão and Tavira

Many a wily fox has outwitted his opponent but, on this occasion, it was purely tremendous hard work and endeavour that rewarded Mark Fox. The highly respected member of East Algarve Walking Football (EAWF) set his sights on raising much-needed cash for the Community in Crisis Appeal (Olhão) and Families in Need (Tavira).

On a static rowing machine installed at Tavira’s Black Anchor Irish pub, Mark Fox went hell for leather and covered 21kms 97mtrs in 89mins 8secs and, in the process, raised €3,200 being split equally between the groups in Tavira and Olhão.

Jonathan Syed, co-ordinator of the EAWF Community in Crisis Appeal, said: “We thank all sponsors and food contributors who are helping us to maintain essential supplies of food and household goods to over 200 vulnerable adults and children. Foxy’s effort was outstanding and we thank him from the bottom of our hearts.”

EAWF, in partnership with Associação Causa Vibrante and SC Olhanense, established the Community in Crisis Appeal to support families in the Olhão area and the need will be there for many months to come. Although the lockdown is gradually being lifted, the absence of a vibrant tourist economy will have far reaching effects.

Goods can be delivered to the José Arcanjo Stadium (behind McDonalds on the EN125) – every Monday between 11am and 1pm. A welcoming cup of coffee and homemade cakes are on offer, so why not go along and have a chat? Everyone is welcome.

Food and household essentials can also be dropped at the Centre Algarve Special Needs Complex (on the Olhão road just outside Moncarapacho) – Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

To support the Olhão initiative, go to www.walkingfootballalgarve.com or email:

jonathan@walkingfootballalgarve.com or christopher.wright@hotmail.co.uk

Cheque presentation: (back row from left) Gary Lipscomb, Vinnie and Joy Kennedy (Black Anchor), Helen Chapman, Mark Fox, Christine and Chris Wright. Kneeling (from left) Karl Chapman, Tanya Fox and Andy Smith
Mark Fox in full flow