West coast charity pub crawl to raise money for children

A fancy dress charity pub crawl is taking place this Sunday, September 4 in the Vale da Telha-Arrifana area.

Residents on the Algarve’s west coast will be raising money for children’s charities in the Aljezur area and hope the event will be as successful as last year’s, which raised more than €2,900 and resulted in the donation of 26 wheelchairs and walking aids to Portimão Hospital.

This year organisers Brian Jutsum and Steve Scott are hoping local surf schools will join in the fun along the 3.54km route.

Cath Baker, who inspired last year’s pub crawl after her late husband Peter was a patient at the hospital, told us: “The event last year was always supposed to be a one-off, but it was such a success that I felt, emotionally, it was worth repeating.

“In fact, we will now make it an annual event because it combines the serious intent of raising money for a good cause with the fun element of dropping off at selected bars, having a sup or two, and enjoying a little craic and banter.”

The pub crawl begins at 2pm from Restaurante O Paulo on the clifftop promontory at Arrifana and ends at Restaurante Vale da Telha on the pines roundabout. And in-between participants will visit a number of bars (aka “aid stations”) along the way.

Participants who feel they cannot walk the entire distance can start a much shorter walk from the second starting point at Hugo’s Bar at 4.30pm.

The charity pub crawl is scheduled to finish at Restaurante Vale da Telha at 6.30pm, which will then be followed by a disco party hosted by Ricky Diamond at which hot dogs and snacks will be available to buy.

There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress outfits, and a brief charity auction.

Entry fee for each participant is €2. Sponsorship forms are available from Restaurante O Paulo and Restaurante Vale da Telha.

For more information, call Cath on 964 721 842 or email [email protected]