I have learnt today that Filomena Graca the lady who owns the Animal shelter/kennels for dogs and cats above Loreto in Calheta, and who myself and friends have used in the past, has lost everything to the fires that have plagued the region over the last few days.
This is the scene of where her home once was, the kennels are just 50 yards away, and escaped the fire.
David and Gloria Pennman who have lived on the Island in Calheta for many years, enlisted the help of Gloria’s daughter Gina Machin, who is on holiday in Madeira, to put together a CROWD FUNDING PAGE to help Graca and her family rebuild their lives and continue the excellent job of looking after all the animals.
If you can help with a donation, or even share the page on social media, that will be a great help .
Also while on the subject of fundraising Richard Griffin who set up the GO FUND ME page to raise money for those affected by the fires, has passed the 8.5 thousand mark, about 11,000 euros.
Richard has now managed to set up a bank account for further donations.