Almost eight years ago, I challenged Helen to organize and create some kind of structure for a Friends of A ROCHA Portugal program. A simple idea to encourage lots of people to be involved with A ROCHA, but without involving themselves in the bureaucracy which normally takes place in any formal organization; namely reading lots of documents and participating in the never-ending AGM.
Helen rose to this challenge, and today we have a Friends of A Rocha that is designed for fun, friendship, learning together, changing our environmental habits, and helping out one another and our planet.
As you read in the last newsletter, Helen has stepped down from running the Friends, and that leaves me to say on all our behalf’s, a huge ‘thank you’ for all her hard work and commitment over these years. It is not an over statement to say that without her guidance and hard work, we would not have survived financially through the long months of Covid-19 lockdown. Neither is it an over statement to say that she has set up an amazing Friends program, which is beautifully blossoming into a growing hub of likeminded people.
It is now in our hands, The Friends, to make sure it grows, both by continuing our Friendship subscription, and also by bringing new friends alongside.
On behalf of A ROCHA and in my own name, a huge thank you Helen! We hope you will come to see us on Thursday visitor mornings, and of course at our Friends Events.
God bless you as you take on new adventures!
CEO A ROCHA in Portugal