... until the fires in Pedrogão forced our hand and we had to get premises very fast, we where lucky in that we found a warehouse in Barão de São João with about 150m2 for 300€ per month, but no electricity and no water. It has been a challenge to cover costs and run it – but we have managed.
Then came the October fires, and our warehouse in Barão was no longer big enough to hold everything that was sent to us, so we went searching for other premises, and we have found them in Portimão.
Our warehouse in Barão de São João - where we can no longer sort the items dropped due to lack of space.
We found a shop with 500m2 over two floors, but now comes the next challenge we have to raise funds to secure it, fit it with the appropriate shop fittings and to cover things such as electricity, water, etc.
We estimate that we need about 5,500€ to do it all initially … before we can monetise it to cover its monthly running costs.
The sales from the new warehouse will assist us in providing the needed support that we know its going to be required over the next 12 to 18 months to fire victims. Its not a once-off assistance, they are going to need our support while they rebuild their lives and their livelihoods. Currently both our premises (offices and warehouse) are full with items which has become a challenge to sort and box due to lack of space.
As a result it's imperative that we have access to bigger premises if we are to help these in need up north. That does not mean that we will not continue to assist local individuals in need to, we will do all we can within our reach - We will continue to support people in need locally on as needed basis across the Algarve.
Once we secure the premises we are going to need the help of volunteers too. So, if you would like to volunteer a few hours or a few days a week, please let us know.
Our idea, is to use the one floor as a sales room and the other floor (which has 7 rooms) can be used for storage, sorting, various types of workshops, meeting room, etc …
If we secure the premises, another project is the creation of a Coffee Club for members. In fact, so many things can be done if only we get the premises. We hoping you will assist us to get it by donating to the warehouse fund.
As far as location is concerned, it´s perfect for ASMAA’s needs. Its close to Bombeiros, SEF, the Portimão market, high school, and within walking distance from train station and on a bus route.
Now, all we need is to raise the necessary funds before the 15th of November. We count on you to help us move forward.
The simplest form is to make your donation online using your Paypal account, or your credit or debt card. We are thankfull for whatever amount you donate, be it 25€, 50€, 100€, 250€, 500€ ... or any other amount that you feel is justified and you can afford to part with.
REF: New Warehouse
SANTANDER TOTTA (LAGOS ALGARVE)
ASMAA Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association
IBAN: PT50 0018 0008 02686698020 51
REF: New Warehouse