The BBQ at A Gaivota in Albufeira
The BBQ at A Gaivota in Albufeira

Algarve Senior Bikers celebrate 13th anniversary

BBQ to celebrate occasion held at A Gaivota children’s home

Algarve Senior Bikers celebrated their 13th anniversary with a ride from Boliqueime to the A Gaivota home for children and teenagers in Albufeira.

The ride was through the countryside north of Benafim with a break for refreshments at the Fontes in Alte.

After the ride, the celebrations continued with a BBQ at the home with all the boys and girls, the staff and the ASB members and guests.

A big thank you to all members who contributed the food and ‘goodies’ for the BBQ and to Dean and Alex Guinane for taking charge of the grill on the day.

David Shirley, founder of ASB, said: “The ASB has supported the home for many years and, I am proud to say, has raised many thousands of euros for their benefit in addition to helping to provide items like birthday presents, Easter eggs and covering the cost of trips to theme parks, etc.

“Members’ donations are very much appreciated and make such a difference to the lives of all the kids.

The BBQ at A Gaivota in Albufeira
The BBQ at A Gaivota in Albufeira

“As a result of the anniversary celebrations of the Algarve Senior Bikers and the associated fundraising, I was able to present Dra Raquel Nunes, the director of A Gaivota home, with the sum of €1,200 plus enough cash to cover birthday presents for the next few months.”

The funding is to be used to buy new laundry equipment and help with the cost of a camping holiday for the children later this year.

“Since I founded the ASB on Portugal Day in 2010, the membership has grown steadily and it was good to see some of the members who attended the first meeting at this event,” continued David Shirley.

In recent times, the ASB has become more diverse with inclusion of the ASB Gravel Road riding group established by Andrew Chilton and longer seven-day road tours through Spain and Portugal being organised by Walter Kollert.

The usual monthly rides and events continue to be popular and well attended to the point where the numbers have to be divided into smaller, more manageable groups.

These events usually consist of a ride through some of the most scenic areas of the Algarve and Alentejo with stops for coffee and ending with a social lunch.

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