Santa Swims in the Sea for Charity

Christmas Day 2015 and it was Santa time again in Armação de Pêra with the annual Charity Swim in the Sea – and we were delighted to be there as the ‘Official Photographers’ again this year to capture the event.

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It’s become something of an event in the calendar now and every year more and more Santas appear ready to take the plunge into the sea.

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The outfits are wonderful – we saw Santas, elves, reindeer hats and jumpers, one brave lass in a Santa bikini, and a fabulous pair of snowman socks!

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And lots of Santa hats thanks to the Holiday Inn Algarve who always organise and support this event so well – is it really the 12th year of this event!? This year the chosen charities are the ‘Espaço Amigo’ charity in Armação de Pêra and ‘A Gaivota’ in Albufeira.

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There was even a Portuguese TV film crew there – we’ll find the link and add it to the blog as soon as we can for you!

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Here’s the link for you – you can even spot Alyson and Kat the dog busy taking photographs – click the link here – the feature is from 54 minutes onwards

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And we’ve also got the link to the RTP coverage too – click the link here – you can’t miss Dave in this one taking the group photo and even doing a bit of voice over!  The feature is from 51 minutes onwards.

First came the obligatory group photo shoot -it’s always impressive to see everyone lined up together:

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Although this year we were quite amused at just how many people lined up in front of them to take their photos too – Dave is in there somewhere!

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It’s a great sight to see everyone throw their hats in the air!

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And then they were off!

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They all seemed very happy to be running towards a cold Atlantic ocean!

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And the crowds of people watching certainly seemed to enjoy the spectacle .. although we think the incoming tide might have caught a few people unawares!

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It might have been cold .. but everyone seemed quite happy as they got out of the sea!

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And they were still smiling afterwards!

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It’s a lovely family event with people of all ages taking part

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And then it was back to the Holiday Inn for hot chocolate and a certificate for everyone that took part – such a nice touch by the hotel:

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And then it was all over .. with some Santa suits being left in very amusing spots as people went off to get a coffee or lunch!

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Armação de Pêra beach is such a great setting for this event and always brings friends and family together – it’s a great way of greeting Christmas Day morning.

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And of course we’ll be back there again on New Year’s Day – this time everyone will be wearing their pajamas and again raising money for the two chosen charities.

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We’ve added some more images in a gallery slideshow below for you to enjoy – and you can view all of the images which are free to download via Dave Sheldrake Photography’s Facebook page via this link

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Happy Christmas – and thank you to everyone involved in organising these events.

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2 Responses to Santa Swims in the Sea for Charity

  1. Margaret Runciman says:

    Thank you very much for sharing this wonderfully colourful set of photographs . It all looks such good fun and it’s great to see so many people taking part . Hope you had a good Christmas and that you and your husband have a happy and healthy 2016 . 😊🎅🎄🎅

    Ayr, Scotland

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