Introducing the Peta Birch Community Association
As most of you probably know, Peta Birch was in a fatal car accident in March of this year. As a family we have set up a charitable association to continue the work she did. It is our hope that through the Peta Birch Community Association her memory and spirit will live on. The association’s preliminary focus areas are: Amigos das Crianças supporting the children of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia De Albufeira, ARC Horse Welfare and Roma Family Welfare. For more information please see our website www.petabirch.org. We also now have online donation for the Amigos de Crianças, or for the association itself (funds donated to this second link will be allocated to the project that needs them the most). We thank you for your continued support!
Recent Happenings
It has been a busy summer for the children from Pirilampos and Gaivota! The children from Pirilampos were all enrolled in 3 summer camps each, run by Albufeira council, where they learnt many new skills and made new friends. These were funded by a private donation to the Amigos, for which we are very grateful. Some of the children also went on a kayak trip from Ferragudo beach, a first for them! Lunches and ice creams were purchased for excursions and trips to the beach. New smart clothes were also purchased for special events, and hair cuts for the children. It has also been decided that the Amigos will help fund a little birthday present and cake for each Pirilampos child during the year. 
The children of Gaivota were all able to buy new swimsuits with support from the Amigos, a must-have for the summer! Support for dentist appointments and necessary supplies such as flea shampoo and cleaning products for both homes is ongoing.
Past Events
The Colégio Internacional de Vilamoura held a commemoration event for their late director on May 31. During the event there was a cake sale, the proceeds of which have been donated to the Amigos! Thank you for all the yummy cakes and the kind donation.

The Algarve Dog Show 2013 on June 1-2 was dedicated to the memory of Peta for all the outstanding work she did with animal charities in the Algarve. Thank you to Paws for Pets for organizing the event!
Upcoming Events
On September 21 the Saluting for Charity yoga event will be dedicated to Peta. The aim is to do 108 yoga sun salutations to raise money for five charities in the Algarve, ours being one of them. Please read more about the event and learn how you can support it on the website. Thank you to Lulushanti Yoga and Integral Yoga for inviting us to be one of their charities. We hope some of the Santa Casa children can also attend and participate in the Kids Yoga.
APPEAL:
Back to School items

Children of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Albufeira need these items to head back to school with this month. If you can donate any, please drop them off at Paws for Pets in Albufeira before September 10. Or, make a financial donation and we will purchase the items for them. List of needed items: pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, rulers, rubbers, calculators, recorders, back packs, compasses, correction ink, glue, pencil cases, sharpeners, felt tip pens, coloured pencils, scissors, files.
Future Needs
We are currently looking for funds for:
- Glasses
- Dentist fees
- Flea shampoo
- Computers (desktop or laptop)
- Birthday presents and cakes
- Football boots
E-mail if you can help, or donate online!

Thank You for Your Support!
Without your help we could not have achieved so much.
- Central Algarve Ladies Luncheon Group
- Vilamoura International School
- Adega do Cantor
- Algarve Freedom Kayaks
- The Michael Appleton Fund
Plus the many individuals that have donated to the Amigos in Peta's name since March!
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