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School Christmas bazaar raises funds for girls’ home

A Christmas bazaar held at the International School of the Algarve in Lagoa on November 18 raised more than €2,500 for a girls’ home in Portimão.

The annual event is an opportunity for many stall holders to take part and sell their wares, while students get involved by organising children’s games and competitions as well as assisting Santa Claus in his grotto.

Parents and teachers also help with selling raffle and tombola tickets, cakes, hot dogs, burgers and mulled wine.

Head teacher John Butterworth told the Algarve Resident: “It was wonderful to see the whole school community working together so hard for such a good cause.

“This year all proceeds from the Bazaar are going to the girls’ home in Portimão, Casa da Nossa Senhora da Conceição. It was heart-warming to see a group of girls from the home visit the Bazaar this year for the first time, and join in with the fun and games.”

A large number of local businesses, including the Algarve Resident, sponsored the Bazaar in a variety of ways.

Meanwhile, the school is preparing for its Christmas Carol Concert in Lagoa Church on Friday, December 9 at 7pm. The School Choir, drawn from both Portuguese and international sections of the school, will lead the congregation in favourite carols from Portugal, Britain and around the world. Everyone is welcome to attend.

John Butterworth said: “This will be a splendid, traditional start to the festive season, even more so as we are celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary year.”