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Posted by portugalpress on August 01, 2018

Children’s charity ACCA has started its annual drive to ensure that youngsters across the Algarve can start the new school year with confidence and all the essential items they need.

Although the government provides textbooks for children from families with financial issues, it does not supply basic school items which are vital for students.

Every year ACCA asks for the support of the community to donate to the cause. In 2017, the charity collected 850 backpacks filled with much-needed items and the goal is to top the figure this year.

ACCA is accepting A4 lined, squared and plain exercise books, A5 plain exercise books, pencil cases, scissors, colouring pencils and felt tip pens, 30cm rulers, pencil sharpeners, rubbers, HB pencils, blue pens and glue sticks.

Other badly-needed items include set squares and protractor sets, blue, black and red biros, A4 files, A4 paper with punched holes, calculators, compasses, reams of plain paper, post-it notes, correctors, pen drives, staplers and scientific calculators.

Donations can be left at these drop-off points between August 21 and September 5: The Golf Shack (Albufeira); Bookworms (Albufeira); The Hut and Curiosa Indoor & Out (Almancil); Holiday Inn Algarve (Armação de Pêra), Diamond Properties (Boliqueime); Iceland (Guia) and Barbearia JUST (Guia); Casa do Povo (Moncarapacho); Bombeiros Charity Barn (Messines); Lagos CARDS and Moveison (Lagos); Iceland (Portimão); Julie’s Bistro (Santa Bárbara de Nexe); São Brás de Alportel museum; Castelo dos Sonhos (Silves) and Somewhere Else, Dave’s Bar (Tavira).

Alternatively, anyone can donate money directly to ACCA so that the items can be purchased.

ACCA is an Algarve-based charity founded in 2000 dedicated to helping children in need across the region.

Over the past two decades, ACCA has delivered “life-saving and life-changing therapies and medical aid to disadvantaged youngsters who either live below the poverty line, or are orphaned and in care, or who require specialist treatment that is not available to them through Social Services.”

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