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Posted by portugalpress on September 11, 2018
Bob Packham, Men's Winner - Robert The Brute
Cormac Murphy Gets His Lederhosen Wet
Faith Quinton and 550 cotton buds Ladies Winner - As Shaun The Sheep
The walkers ready for the off

The fourth annual charity fun walk on the Algarve’s west coast raised €2,437 on the day, with participants calling in eight bars along the way for a spot of liquid refreshment. The final total is expected to pass the €3,000-mark once all pledges are in.

Since 2015, when the initiative was started by Vale da Telha resident Cath Baker who based it on charity pub crawls held in her native Lancashire, the charity bar walk has already raised more than €10,000 for charity.

The walk was held on September 9, beginning at Restaurante O Paulo on the picturesque Arrifana promontory, with the Restaurante Fonte do Vale in Vale da Telha being the final “watering hole”, where the walkers’ arrival was the signal for a big party with music by Brian DJ Rockindad.

Top Cat and Officer Dribble, Robert the Brute, Hawkeye the Noo, Shaun the Sheep, doctors, nurses, nuns, Bavarian beauties and a host of other characters turned a 3.54km walk into a laugh-a-minute stroll.

Prizes were handed out for the best male and female costumes. Faith Quinton won the ladies’ prize with her “Shaun the Sheep” outfit that involved the application of 550 cotton wool buds, and Bob Packham took the men’s prize with his “Robert the Brute” outfit.

At one stop along the route, Cormac Murphy, as Bavarian Boris, persuaded customers to have a €1-a-head whiparound to “persuade” him to dive into the swimming pool, kitted out in his full lederhosen!

The donations were flooding in even before the walk, with local Vale da Telha quiz group handing over €550, another €250 from community association Amovate, €150 from the line dancing group at Amovate, €100 from the Amovate keep fit class, and €100 from the Vale da Telha Pilates Group.

And before the start at Restaurante O Paulo, one customer handed over a €50 note to Cath, who - with co-organiser Steve Scott and her partner Kjell Motet - stopped cars, passers-by and tourists along the way persuading them to drop a few coins into their collection buckets, swelling the coffers.

Previous walks organised by Cath have resulted in the presentation of 29 wheelchairs to Portimão Hospital and of an electric wheelchair and ramp for a local boy suffering a degenerative illness.

Last year’s walk provided the funds to build a Snoezelen room fitted out with sensory equipment for special needs children at Aljezur school and this year the cash raised will go towards buying a waterbed and more sensory aids.

The school’s special needs teacher Cláudia Fernandes commented: “The Charity Bar Walkers are making our dreams come true.”

By MATT D’ARCY

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