David Shirley from ASB and Cláudia Loios, director of Gaivota

Algarve Senior Bikers raise €2,200 for Gaivota children

There was no ASB Charity Lunch again this year, but the Algarve Senior Bikers still managed to raise money for the children of Gaivota home in Albufeira.

“I was pleased to hand over €2,200 to Cláudia Loios, director of Gaivota,” said David Shirley from ASB. “Thank you for all your help and generous donations.”

The year of 2021 has been a difficult time for all, including the many motorcyclists of the ASB.

Many of the larger group events and rides were postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The annual charity lunch was again a casualty being cancelled for the second time in the 12 years since the ASB was formed,” said David.

“However, throughout the year, due to the great generosity of the members, the ASB has continued its charity fundraising to support the Gaivota home for children and teenagers in Albufeira.

During the year, the ASB has raised money for various purposes including the purchase of Easter eggs, birthday presents for all the children and shopping for new clothes.

As a result of the recent charity ride through the hills, together with donations from the rides the bikers managed to organise, within the Covid restrictions, €2,200 was raised in aid of the Gaivota home in time for Christmas.

The money was used to purchase new equipment for the education room and to buy Christmas presents for all the children.

This brings the total raised by ASB members this year to nearly €5,000.

There are also some members who have their own fundraising initiatives, such as Martin Holloway who has raised a further €2,000 running quiz nights for the customers at the Cocktail Garden in Monte Carvoeiro. Even running the quiz online during the lockdown.

“On behalf of all the teenagers and children at Gaivota, I would like to thank you all for making this possible in difficult times.

“Thank you for your support throughout the year. I wish you all the very best for the festive season and a happy and safe new year.

“Let’s hope things improve and we can resume our usual group rides and events in 2022,” concluded David Shirley.