West Coast Charity Bar Walk in aid of children in need

We all know a good walk raises a good thirst. So, why not do the obvious and turn a walk for charity into a Charity Bar Walk, and even better in fancy dress?

That’s what they will be doing out on the west coast in Vale da Telha and Arrifana this Friday, September 22 in a repeat of last year’s successful event, which raised more than €2,900 and resulted in the donation of 26 wheelchairs and other equipment to Portimão Hospital.

This year, the organisers will be raising funds for children’s charities in the Aljezur area, and they are hoping local surf schools will join in the fun along the 3.54km route.

Organiser Cath Baker, who inspired last year’s walk after her late husband Peter was a patient at the hospital, is again supported this year by co-organisers Brian Jutsum and Steve Scott.

She told us: “The walk last year was always supposed to be a one-off event. But it was such a success and so many people had such a good time in a day full of laughter and camaraderie that, as the anniversary grew closer, I felt that it was worth repeating.

“In fact, we will now make it an annual event because it combines the serious intent of raising money for a good cause with the fun element of dropping off at selected bars, having a sup or two and enjoying a little craic and banter.”

The walk begins at 2pm from Restaurante O Paulo on the clifftop promontory at Arrifana and ends at Restaurante Vale da Telha on the Pines Roundabout. And in-between the walkers will visit a number of bars (aka “aid stations”) along the way.

Participants who feel they cannot walk the entire distance can start their own, much shorter walk from the second starting point at Hugo’s Bar at 4.30pm.

The walk is scheduled to finish at Restaurante Vale da Telha at 6.30pm, which will then trigger a Disco Party hosted by Ricky Diamond at which hot dogs and snacks will be available to buy.

There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress outfits, and a brief charity auction.

Entry fee is €2. Sponsorship forms are available.

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Photo: The Charity Bar Walkers prepare to set off for last year’s walk