The Resident is co-ordinating special fund-raising events, including a Grand Auction evening, which will follow a Curry Buffet, at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra on Friday, January 21 at 7pm. An amazing selection of items, kindly donated by businesses across Portugal, are up for auction.

Items for auction include:

FLIGHTS: two return flights to the UK offered by Via Directa; GOLF: a Falcon 17-piece set of golf clubs from Golfe Loucura; an 18-hole round of golf for two at Vale do Milho Golf Club in Carvoeiro; golf for two at the Atlântico course in Penha Longa; breakfast, round of 18-holes of golf and dinner for three at the Alto Club in Alvor; two rounds of golf at São Lourenço golf course; four rounds of golf at Salgados; three one-hour golf lessons with Salgados’ professional, John Wood; golf for four at Boavista Golf in Lagos; an Odyssey putter; aframed print of the Royal Birkdale golf course DINNERS: dinner for two at The Raj at the Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra; dinner for two at Prima Pasta in Vale de Parra WEEKENDS AWAY: a weekend for two at the Hotel Garbe; a weekend for two at the five-star Hotel Mirage in Cascais; a weekend for two at the five-star Hotel Tivoli in Lisbon; two nights for two at the five-star Hotel Palácio in Estoril; a weekend for two at one of the four hotels from the Heritage group in Lisbon HOUSEHOLD: two Nastech kitchen bins from Coleco; a complete internet-ready PC system donated by 125 Computers; room decoration by Glyn Jones; a 500 euro prize from Elite Kitchens; a Boombox CD player; a freezer; a washer/drier; a dehumidifier donated by AutoHeat in Vale de Lousas; waste disposal unit; an electric espresso coffee machine; a luxury pillow from Miller & Schultz; an Ishtig mirror HEALTH & BEAUTY: chiropractic treatment by Dra. Tracy Brown in Lagoa; a hot stone massage donated by Imagine in Lagoa; a cut and blow-dry from Victor Picardo; a full set of Gel Nails; PLUS: a dessert from Sweet Marilyn; an Alcatel mobile phone; a photographic portrait from Algarve Images; cashmere sweater; wet weather gear; and much, much more.

This is your chance to really make a difference, so please come along with your cheque book, credit card and plenty of cash to help us raise money for those who really need it. Tickets for the curry buffet are 28 euros per person and are available from The Resident in Lagoa (282 342 936), KISS FM Radio in Albufeira (289 587 705) and Hotel Garbe in Armação de Pêra (282 320 260).