As part of Catari's 40th anniversary celebrations, the event Summer of '79 took place on September 14th. The open-air themed event aimed to provide a leisure moment between colleagues and their families throughout a full day of activities and good mood.

In order to raise awareness for different causes such environment and local landscape preservation, an healthy lifestyle and the relevance of physical activity, the journey was divided into different stages, starting with a walk at the Passadiços de Aveiro, followed by a ferry-boat crossing over the Ria de Aveiro that would lead the members to São Jacinto’s beach, where a picnic would take place and then extend during the afternoon.

Passadiços de Aveiro

Following this year’s motto “40 years, 40km together”, Summer of '79 started early in the morning to cover the walkways that were opened in 2018. Starting along the banks Vouga river in Vilarinho, an approximately 7km walk between marshes, small woods and pine forests, delighted the Catari team and their families with superb views over the natural wonder that is the Ria de Aveiro with its peculiar fauna and flora, until its finishing point at the São Roque Canal in Esgueira.

São Jacinto ferry-boat

A short stop at Jardim Oudinot allowed hikers to recharge their batteries before the crossing between Aveiro and São Jacinto’s beach by ferry, which provided a fun moment for the younger ones and allowed everyone to perceive, from a less common angle, the wonderful Aveiro coast and view of the salt flats.

São Jacinto Scout Camp

Located by the beach, in the São Jacinto’s dunes nature reserve, the park was designed exclusively for scouting activities and wildlife refuge, and kindly opened the doors to Catari’s event. A barbecued pig on a spit welcomed the participants to the picnic and allowed an afternoon of social interaction among the adults, while the various activities available, such as trails, volleyball courts and obstacle courses, made the charms of the children (as well as the elders).

The well-being of all the team members and their families is a sacred value at Catari, so as is the awareness of a pollution-free environment for generations to follow, and the Summer of '79 proved, due to the spirit of companionship observed, that by over the last 40 years a group was been built where people keep feel better and better.

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