It is now nine years since David Shirley had the idea of forming the Algarve Senior Bikers (ASB) group.
This year to celebrate the anniversary on June 10, David was able to organise a charity barbecue with the help of Claudia Loios, the director of the Gaivota home for teenagers in Albufeira.
The barbecue was held at the Pirilampos children’s home as the Gaivota home is undergoing long-needed upgrading and building work.
Several ASB members and friends went directly to Gaivota whilst some of the bikers joined a short ride planned and led by Miriam Post and David Shirley himself.
Riders passed through the hills around Messines and took a coffee break in Alte before heading to Albufeira to join the others at the home.
Claudia took the group on a tour of the Gaivota home and explained the ongoing improvements before they transferred to Pirilampos for the barbecue enjoyed with all the children.
At the end of the day, David said he was delighted to hand over €1,035 to Claudia for the benefit of the children and reassured her of the ASB’s continued support.
In return, David was presented with a “thank you” gift in the form of a plaque depicting a motorcycle specially made by the children.
Special thanks went to Dean and Alex Guinane for their help manning the barbecue and to Dee (David’s wife) who made the cakes for dessert to go with all the food prepared by the staff at Pirilampos. A great day was enjoyed by all.
The next event will be a ride starting in São Brás de Alportel on June 25.