We are doing it again!!!
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Where will you be on Christmas Day?
The place to be will be on the beach at Armacao de Pera in front of the Hotel Garbe with other adventurous people willing to go for a paddle or a swim in the Atlantic Ocean to help raise money for the Swim for Shoes Appeal
All you need to do is turn up at 11.00 a.m on Christmas Day with swimwear, towel and go in for a full swim or just a paddle – the choice is yours as long as part of you gets wet! Then we can all recover in the Hotel Garbe bar with a Hot Toddy on Christmas Day and hot chocolate on New Years Day, generously donated by The Hotel Garbe, to everyone who has taken part.
Buying shoes for the children who are in care is an ongoing expense and we want to help as many as possible start 2009 with a new pair of shoes. Each child of school age needs a pair of gym shoes and a pair of trainers. Whilst some clothes can be second hand owning a pair of new shoes helps to ensure the children feel good and fit in at school.Adults and children are all welcome to take part on the understanding that you do so at your own risk. If you have family and friends staying over the festive season it will certainly be something different to do!
The total raised for the swims on Christmas Day and New Years Day was over € 1,700.00 .
This was all given to pay for school shoes for the teenagers at A Gaivota in Albufeira which is run by the Santa Casa da Misericordia. The children have asked for their thanks to be sent to all who took part . The girls and boys really enjoyed choosing their own shoes as this was the first time they had been able to do so. In the shoe shop the girls kept bumping into girls from their school doing the same thing with their mums.
If you would like to see some photographs of the Christmas Day Swim, 2007 please go to http://picasaweb.google.com/HotelGarbe/SwimForShoesChristmasDay2007#
On Christmas Day we hope people will come with either a Santa outfit or hat which are in some stores now . Buy yours now before stocks run out. We will have a limited supply of outfits and hats for sale on the day. If we can raise more money this year then we can extend the scheme to other homes.
You will have another opportunity to Swim for Shoes on New Years Day but this time we hope to see you there in fancy dress so start planning your outfit now. As this is a charity event we will gratefully accept all donations offered