Estoi Christmas Party 2013

                 The Children Enjoyed It

Sunday, 15th of December saw the Estoi Casa do Povo host its annual Christmas Party for the underprivileged families in the parish.  Unfortunately, the local Freguesia had no money to assist them this year, so they turned to our Rotary Club for help.  

We were delighted to provide some party fare with sandwiches, crisps and cakes plus soft drinks.  The children were facepainting.jpgintrigued by the face painting artist we provided and after seeing the result of the first volunteer a large queue developed for face and nail painting.  In the main room,  a fun Christmas animated film was followed  by  a very lively karate demonstration by local children was followed by a very energetic performance of folklore dancing by  local children who are all taught by a local volunteer.  Sandra Pires the manager of the Casa do Povo presented 3 children from the Estoi School with merit awards.

We were also able to arrange for Father Christmas to call by and distribute chocolate gold coins to all of the children plus a gift for each child, who were absolutely delighted to see Pai de Natal and practically mobbed him when he announced that hekentandkids.jpg had presents for all.  The Mayor of Faro and the Mayor of Conceicao and Estoi were on hand to see the festivities and praise the work of the Casa do Povo, which is vital to the community in Estoi.    This party would not have been possible without our help and the Casa do Povo team and those attending were very appreciative of our efforts.