Collection point at SC Olhanense (from left) Nicole Syed, Tom Wil-lis, Christine Wright, Jonathan Syed and Amy Willis

Walking football supports needy communities in Olhão and Tavira

East Algarve Walking Football (EAWF) has now initiated a scheme to supply those in need with basic food stuffs, cleaning products, toiletries, hygiene products, animal feed, infant items such as nappies and much more.

In conjunction with SC Olhanense, where the collection of goods is based, the Junta de Freguesia de Olhão and the Município de Olhão, the scheme has been running for two weeks.

Coordinator Jonathan Syed said: “We have been pleased with the response of the public and will continue to support vulnerable families in the area. Through ongoing fundraising events, some €5,000 have been raised by EAWF to help the communities in Tavira and Olhão.”

Isidoro Sousa, president of SC Olhanense, praised the efforts of EAWF and the Olhanense Expat Support Group when he addressed a small gathering at the club on the occasion of the club’s 108th anniversary last Monday.

The Pink Flamingo Croquet and Social Club is coordinating efforts in Tavira based at the riverside Black Anchor Irish Bar, which has thrown open its doors to receive goods which are then sorted and distributed to several hundred families in liaison with the Families in Need Network.

The response has been superb but every little helps, and an online auction (see below) is helping to provide much-needed funds for medications and fresh produce.

Delivery then takes place to hundreds of vulnerable adults and children in towns and villages – Tavira, Santa Luzia, São Brás de Alportel, Santa Catarina, Tavira, Manta Rota, VRSA and the surrounding countryside. East Algarve Walking Football and East Algarve FC are an integral part of the operation.

There are various ways the public and businesses can help:

• José Arcanjo Stadium (behind McDonalds on the EN125) – every Monday between 11am and 1pm.
• Centre Algarve Special Needs Holiday Centre (on the Olhão road just outside Moncarapacho) – Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm
• Black Anchor Irish Riverside bar, Tavira (near the old Roman Bridge) – Monday to Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm
• Supermercado Alfresco in Conceição, Tavira – during their normal opening hours

To support the Olhão initiative, email [email protected], [email protected] or visit

Your items are needed to help fundraise for east Algarve families in need. Here are just a few ideas, though offers are as unlimited as your imagination, from arts, crafts and quality gifts, meals, gardening, beauty therapies, car maintenance … the list is endless. Be a giver and bid generously!
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