More than 200 people were on the beach to take part and/or see the Christmas Day "Swim for Shoes" on the beach in front of the Hotel Garbe in Armacao de Pera, Algarve and help to raise more than 800 Euros to buy new shoes for children in an Algarve Orphanage.
Father Christmas was well represented - more than thirty attended. Who after singing "We wish you a Merry Christmas" ran down to the waiting sea.
Certificates were awarded to all those who got wet and everyone enjoyed a very welcome glass of Mulled Wine in the Hotel Garbe bar afterwards.
Thank you to everyone who participated.
In order to raise more funds - there is another "Swim for Shoes" on 1st Janauary at 11.00am - just the way to recover from the festivities of New Years Eve - welcome in 2008 by paddling or swimming in the Atlantic Ocean - what an achievement !
Please join us - Fancy Dress Optional.
Our thanks to John Oliver who took these photographs