Portugal legend Pauleta to visit island
Pauleta, the former Portugal striker, will visit Bermuda to host a children’s football workshop and attend a fundraising dinner at Vasco da Gama Club next month.
Pauleta scored 47 goals for his country and played in two World Cups and two European Championships, setting Portugal’s goalscoring record at the time of his international retirement in 2006.
Born in the Azores, an archipelago with historic links to Bermuda, Pauleta played for several respected European clubs such as Deportivo La Coruña, Bordeaux and Paris Saint-Germain.
The 45-year-old, who is being brought to the island by the Portuguese Cultural Association and Vasco, will attend a fundraising dinner at the Reid Street venue on Saturday, June 23. All proceeds will go towards the Portuguese School of Bermuda.
Paul Fortuna, the chairman of the Portuguese Cultural Association, said: “We are pleased that Pauleta will be visiting our beautiful island and helping with the Portuguese School’s fundraising efforts.
“The school plays a critical role for the Portuguese community in Bermuda and for those interested in Portuguese culture more broadly.”
Pauleta, a noted philanthropist, is committed the education and development of young people, primarily through the Pauleta Foundation.
He was knighted in 2015 as a Commander in the Order of Merit and as an Officer in the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator.
Paul Franco, the acting president of Vasco, said: “We are honoured with Pauleta’s visit. The workshop will be a great opportunity for children in Bermuda to come out and rub shoulders with a footballer of his calibre.
“And this is just not for the Portuguese community — all kids are welcome to take part in the workshop.”
The workshop, open to children aged 6 to 12, will cost $50 and take place from 10am to 1pm at the Mount Saint Agnes Academy field on June 23.
It will include a goody bag, a group photo with the former player and light refreshments.
Registration forms can be picked up from Vasco, the Booth and Music Box. The deadline is June 8.
Tickets for the dinner are $120 and $100 for Vasco members.
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