Welcome to the New Year 2023
It is a year of changes for many, including changes at the Friends of A Rocha Portugal!
In April 2015 I was asked if I would set up a Friends organisation for A Rocha Portugal.
After doing a feasibility study and then managing to persuade the Board of Directors that it was a cost effective project, I acquired funding to cover setting up costs and running costs for the first two years. A Friends Administrator was employed, Filipa Braganca, who has worked part-time for the Friends of A Rocha from the very start.
It is nearly 6 years that Filipa and I have produced the Friends monthly Newsletter, administered the yearly subscriptions, finances, Friends Events, organised the participation of ‘ The Friends’ at other organisations Events, which was aiming to raise awareness of A Rocha and encouraging people to become Friends of A Rocha.
I have been threatening for the last 2 years to retire, but due to the Covid Virus I stayed to help A Rocha get through the financial difficulties, inaugurating the Funding Appeal of 2020, which has been running each year since.
As of January 2023 I will be retiring and Marcial will be taking over the reins and I wish the Friends continued success in the future.
Filipa is having an exciting change in her life and now has a Full-time job in Lagos, which means she will not be volunteering every Thursday morning at the Open Days at Cruzinha, which she has been doing for the last 12 years. She will be really missed by everyone and she deserves a big thank you for her volunteering as well as her work at A Rocha.
At the moment Filipa will continue to produce the Newsletter and do the basic administration of the Friends of A Rocha.
So all change, hopefully there will be new faces taking on the responsibilities of keeping the Friends a happy , positive caring group of wonderful people, helping to protect our Planet. GOOD LUCK!
Both Filipa and I wish you all a healthy, happy and sustainable New Year!