The Wishing Tree comes to Almancil

Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) will be hosting the “Wishing Tree” at its Christmas Market on Sunday, November 27 in the Jardim das Comunnidades in Almancil, from 11am to 7pm.

The “Wishing Tree” is a Rotary initiative which has become popular around the world, from Ireland to Australia. The idea is to use the traditional Christmas Tree as an opportunity for all to make a personal wish, whether for absent friends and family, colleagues who are ill or experiencing challenging times, refugees, or any other person or cause dear to them.

The “wisher” simply writes on a provided yellow ribbon which is attached to the tree. The aim is to cover the tree with ribbons which will be gathered and displayed until Christmas.

The Wishing Tree idea was born in Ireland, and has proved one of the most successful and popular charitable initiatives and thus has spread all over the world. It was brought to Portugal by AIRC vice president Claire Busbridge who is Irish.
Rotary asks for token donations to raise funds for a new crèche for local people in Almancil.

The Interact Almancil group of young Rotarians will be in attendance to explain and encourage donors. Volunteer Rotarians will man the tree throughout the day.

For more information, email [email protected]

Photo: The “wisher” writes on a provided yellow ribbon which is attached to the tree