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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all coping as best you can with the ongoing challenges we all face.

First of all I would like to thank all of you who responded positively to my appeal last month to make your community contributions. For those who haven´t contributed yet payment details are enclosed.  Click here to make your contribution.

Sue and I returned to Portugal from South Africa last Sunday and we are so grateful for the help provided to us by the Portuguese Embassy and the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria in getting us on an emergency repatriation flight. It is great to be home.

We have been inundated with offers of help from local residents since we got back as we self isolate for the standard 14 days. This is a small example of the superb community spirit here at PDR which I am sure is being replicated right accross the world. Without a doubt there are many good things resulting from this awful virus.

I would like to pay tribute this month to all our “Busy Bees” in PDR and back home who have been applying their sewing skills to provide protective clothing to the public health services. Very well done ladies and thank you,  and thanks to everyone else who has volunteered or contributed financially during these difficult times.

Our Community Programme team has asked me to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of both the Obidos Council and Amoreira Parish to help keep our estate clean and tidy. In addition we must thank our security team COPS and our gardening and street cleaning contractors SEPOL for their continued support.

The pandemic has got in the way of a couple of initiatives we are taking but we will continue in our efforts when circumstances allow. Firstly we are investigating if we can secure more competitive prices for gas supply to the estate. The second is looking at the possibility of getting more attractive prices for alarm systems and monitoring services. We will release more information on these initiatives when we can.

It has been great to see how local suppliers, including restaurants have adjusted their offerings to continue to provide us with services, and of course, to react to the impact of social distancing measures. Well done to all of you who have helped to keep these companies in business.

Finally, although not strictly an APPDR item I would like to congratulate our resident Peter Reed on his initiative to help support the staff of the golf club and Neighbour Services whilst they have been without work during the pandemic. To date this scheme has raised almost €32,000 from donations from PDR golf club members and residents, plus a pledge of €10,000 from the golf club´s Captain´s Charity. 117 members of staff have already been helped.  Peter is keen to thank everyone who have helped, and on behalf of us all I thank Peter for initiating this very worthy cause.

Until next month



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