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Posted by portugalpress on July 03, 2018

Rotary Club Estoi Palace International (RCEPI) held its Presidential Handover in Faro on June 29, with almost 100 guests, including representatives from other Algarve Rotary Clubs, in attendance.

Addressing the audience, outgoing President Manuela Robinson reflected on her year in office.

The Club’s first project was to provide milk to the underprivileged in Estoi registered with Faro Food Bank. This Rotary year saw RCEPI in April reach a milestone of 50,000 litres provided over 10 years at a total cost of €21,500. Quiz nights and donations are the main funding sources for this milk.

The Club’s annual White Night in June resulted in €2,000 being donated to a local association that supports autistic children and their families.

Nearly €10,000 was used to help students with ongoing university education and summer camps. The local Estoi school received an oven and microwave, plus seven students went on a study tour in the north of Portugal to look at traditional Portuguese cookery methods.

The school also received Portuguese/English dictionaries to assist 5th grade students and Merit certificates were awarded to the most outstanding students. In addition, career advice and information talks were given to those in the 9th grade contemplating their future job choices.

Working with the Wolf Valley Charity Fund, RCEPI donated funds to enable the Estoi Casa do Povo (community centre) to purchase a long-awaited van to help their work in the community. RCEPI also arranged Christmas parties for the underprivileged at the Casas do Povo in Estoi and Moncarapacho.

Internationally, RCEPI donated €1,000 to the Rotary International keystone project of End Polio Now and shelterboxes were sent to help the homeless affected by the devastating earthquakes in Italy and volcanic eruption in Barbuda.

Last year, working with other Rotary Clubs in the Algarve and other charitable associations such as the Wolf Valley Charity Fund, a mobile vehicle was donated to the Algarve Oncology Association (AOA) for breast screening purposes. This year, RCEPI joined forces with the Wolf Valley Charity Fund and the AOA to contribute equally to a mobile lung and skin cancer screening vehicle.

These two mobile vehicles are life-changing for the Algarve population in making screening and advice on prevention easily accessible to thousands of people.

Incoming President for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, Bruno Sousa Costa expressed his aspirations to continue the “fantastic work” done by the Club over the last 10 years, to increase awareness of the work Rotary does and to expand membership “as members are the lifeblood of the Club”.

“Service Above Self” is the Rotary motto and Bruno is keen to build on all the foundations successfully laid by past Club Presidents and members.

For further information, contact RC Estoi Palace International at moc@rotaryestoipalace.org

Photo: RCEPI Past President 2017-18 Manuela Robinson and RCEPI President 2018-19 Bruno Sousa Costa

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