‘Wolves’ raise €35,000 for charity

A golf and family day in Vale do Lobo on May 28 was a double celebration for organisers the Wolf Valley Charity Fund (WVCF), who raised €35,000 for charity while also marking their 12th anniversary.

A record 192 golfers (40 more than last year) played on Vale do Lobo’s Royal and Ocean courses with a chance to win two cars, supplied by Lacocar, if they were lucky enough to get a hole-in-one. However, there were no hole-in-one winners.

The winners of the Four Ball Better Ball Stableford competition were, on the Royal, Michael and Helen Hedger with 49 points and, on the Ocean, Bert Carroll and Eamonn Kerr with 45 points. 

There were two wine tastings from Quinta das Bageiras from Portugal’s Bairrada area and Garrafeira Soares from their Herdade da Malhadinha Nova vineyard.

First on the Ocean, from left: Peter Geer, president of WVCF, with Bert Carroll, Eammon Kerr and Graham Miller.
First on the Ocean, from left: Peter Geer, president of WVCF, with Bert Carroll, Eammon Kerr and Graham Miller.

Among other attractions was Clubs4cash.eu offering the latest bargains in new and used clubs and general golf equipment with all proceeds going to the WVCF.

The Tombola stall was again popular with visitors and there was also a “guess the weight of a cake” competition and the chance to win a magnum of champagne.

There was a Collectors’ Corner with new and old items for sale, pictures painted by people at UNIR, the organisation supporting the mentally handicapped, two cake stalls and a bookstall.

Peter and Emma Dellicompagni from Clubs4cash.eu
Peter and Emma Dellicompagni from Clubs4cash.eu

The raffle on the day included prizes such as British Airways tickets, cases of wine and hotel stays including at the Conrad Algarve in Quinta do Lago which opens in September.  

Once again, long term WVCF patron Clive Dunn of Dad’s Army fame autographed copies of his autobiography Permission to Speak.

A barbecue was provided by Spikes while the New Orleans Jazzband played during the afternoon.

Following the presentation of the prizes, Peter Geer, WVCF President, thanked all the supporters of the charity which included local and international businesses, restaurants, residents, friends and many others for their support and donations, as well as the Vale do Lobo Group of Companies, which helped make the charity day a success. 

Clive Dunn with Moira Staunton and Mandy Balcombe.
Clive Dunn with Moira Staunton and Mandy Balcombe.

Following a €78,000 donation to ASCA for the purchase of furniture and fittings for their new Home for the Aged in Almancil last month, the WVCF has recently been in discussions with Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome, the nationwide food bank, about helping their logistics and warehousing facility in Faro.

The recent amount of €35,000 takes the total raised by the WVCF during the past 12 years to over €710,000.

The WVCF was founded by a group of Vale do Lobo residents with the aim of supporting local Portuguese charities and people in need, including the disabled, the underprivileged and socially deprived. The WVCF does not give money to the charities it helps but agrees what is needed and then purchases the required items.

For more information about the WVCF, please visit www.wolfvalleycharity.com