You have made a difference

news: You have made a difference

WHEN WE set the target of 20,000 euros, we felt this was achievable, but our expectations were surpassed – thank you Algarve residents for your generosity and for caring. The people of the Algarve have shown how generous they are and these pages give us the opportunity to bring you up-to-date with reports on events and also allow us space to say thank you. Please remember that these are only events that we know about – we are aware that many societies have made their own donations to help the suffering of those affected by the Asian tsunami.

• On Saturday, January 15 Quinta da Ria Golf started the ball rolling with a sellout golf tournament which raised 6,420 euros. Douglas Moody, men’s Captain at Quinta da Ria, announced that Quinta da Ria had purchased a trophy for each course taking part in the Tsunami Aid Appeal (TAA) golf matches. Winners from TAA tournaments will be invited to take part in an all-winners tournament at Quinta da Ria later this year. Douglas told The Resident that it was important to keep the fundraising initiative going and to recognise the spirit in which so many golfers have given so much.

• The second event, on the same day, was also a sellout. This time it was tennis hosted by Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis and from which all the entry fees were donated to the TAA. Within an hour of us approaching Ronald Henebeke and Graeme Hulme to run a tennis tournament, it was all organised! Other initiatives on the day were the opportunity to purchase vouchers for beauty treatments and the sale of oranges and lemons. Once again, all money raised was put towards the TAA target. The total for the day was 1,417 euros.

• Wednesday, January 19 saw two more golf tournaments – the first, hosted by Boavista Golf in Lagos, was a resounding success with a full field and 4,000 euros being raised. Tony Walton, golf services manager, was very pleased with the event which attracted members and non-members, all of whom contributed to the Tsunami Appeal.

• The event at Pestana Gramacho Golf Course was a smaller event which raised 780 euros.

• On Saturday, January 22 an After Shock Lunch was held at Bar Linda in Meia Praia.Entertainment was provided by the Pink Cadillacs and the sum of 3,471 euros was raised.


And so, on to the Grand Auction and Curry Evening, hosted by The Hotel Garbe and The Resident on Friday, January 21. Our first challenge was to sell 150 tickets – you will not be surprised to learn that 150 tickets were sold! We realised just how affected the average person had been by the tsunami tragedy and how the ordinary person in the street wanted to do something – to help in some way.

Our second challenge was to find some good prizes for auctioning and this was when we were reminded of the incredible generosity of the business people across Portugal.Prizes came flooding in with little or no coercion from us. From there, things just got better. The Hotel Garbe had already pledged 50 per cent of the ticket price to the appeal, but, on the night, Carlos Simão, General Manager, confirmed that, in fact, the appeal fund would receive 16 euros per ticket sold! Thank you again, Hotel Garbe!

We had many offers of entertainment for the evening and were delighted to be able to accept the offer from the New Orleans Jazz Band and the dance troupe Just For You. Time did not permit us to accept offers from Music 2 You and Presumed Innocent, but we were most grateful that they had thought of the appeal. At the evening, we were pleased to be joined by the British Consul to the Algarve, Mr. Roger Nuttall.

The venue was a resounding success with excellent food, great entertainment and, of course, the huge auction. Auctioneer for the evening, Sheena Rawcliffe, had her work cut out to sell 86 items in two hours and keep those present entertained. She and her team were more than satisfied with the result, with only two items remaining unsold.

Needless to say, there were highlights of the evening’s auction. One was a ‘Slave for a Day’ – Jason Horner of 125 Removals offered his services for a day (cleaning, cooking, gardening…whatever). Sheena was the lucky winner and will be reporting on Jason’s activities in a future edition of The Resident!

An E Class Mercedes also kept a few bidders on the edge of their seats. This item, donated by C Santos of Faro, was in fact a beautifully crafted model – but it was a great talking point before and after the event. In the true spirit of generosity and giving, it was noted that competitors were bidding for one another’s products. Weekends in Lisbon and fantastic golf opportunities kept the money pouring in and, as the hammer came down on the final lot, it was announced that €12,020 had been raised by the auction alone!

Sheena was extremely happy with the outcome. “Individuals and companies have been exceedingly generous and innovative throughout the Tsunami Aid Appeal’s 10 days,” she said. “One company, Elite Kitchens in Lagoa, decided that rather than donate just one item to the auction, they would contact their major suppliers and ask for donations. They were very successful with items donated by all their Portuguese suppliers (see this page).Angela Schulz-Henke had the great idea of selling a neighbour’s oranges and lemons at the Carvoeiro Clube de Ténis event, so money was raised from the sale of fruit which may otherwise have been wasted. And, of course, Jason’s offer to be a slave for a day – another great initiative! Everything that has been done has been done for the right reason – giving from the heart to make a difference to the lives of those affected by the Asian tsunami.”

Sheena finished by saying that no one had sought publicity or acknowledgement for what they had done towards the appeal. However, the opportunity is here so we will use it.

– Dave Leeke of Dynafish who gave his time freely to build the tsunami web page and attached auction page, making it possible for people to bid via the Internet

– International School of the Algarve for the free loan of staging equipment

– Golf for Greys for their assistance with arranging the golf events

– The Hotel Garbe for allowing us to hold the event there, and allowing us to cause chaos to their normal schedule in the process. And also to the waiting staff who were exemplary

– To KISS FM for free radio time to publicise the event

– To everyone who bought tickets for the event and to everyone who purchased items on the night

– To those people who made donations to the fund

– And last, but not least, to the team of workers on Friday night




(Check out next week’s edition for an update on the final amount raised on the night, as ticket money is still being counted)

Here is the list again of the Items that were auctioned on the night:

Two return tickets to the UK from Lisbon

Donated by Monarch

Falcon Golf 17 Piece Golf Set, comp:1,3 & 5 Woods, titanium heads and graphite shafts, tailored head covers; 9 Irons; Putter; and bag

Donated by Golf Loucura

Golf from Vale do Milho: Round of 18 holes of golf for two persons.

Donated by Vale do Milho Golf Carvoeiro

Dinner at The Raj: Dinner for two at the Raj Indian Restaurant, Armação de Pêra

Donated by The Raj

Accommodation at the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra. Weekend for two incl breakfast.

Donated by the Hotel Garbe

Nastech Kitchen Bin, automatic hands-free opening and closing 80 litre cap.

Donated by Coleco

Rain Suit, size Large, waterproof and windproof jacket and trouser set, ideal for walking the dog, playing golf etc.

Donated by Resident Reader

Golf for two people, incl buggy, at the Atlântico Course, Penha Longa, near Sintra

Donated by Penha Longa

Electric Espresso Coffee Machine – capacity 3/4 cups

Donated by Resident Reader

Boombox CD Player

Donated by Resident Reader

PC System. Complete internet-ready PC system, incl keyboard, mouse, monitor, CD player.

Donated by 125 Computers

Golf at Alto Club, Alvor. Breakfast followed by 18 holes of golf for three people with professional and buggies, followed by dinner in the club house

Donated by Alto Golf

Alcatel Mobile Phone, with colour screen and can be used by any current Vodafone user.

Donated by Brasphone, Albufeira

Dinner at The Raj: Dinner for two at the Raj Indian Restaurant.

Donated by The Raj

Room Decoration – Glyn Jones, professional painter and decorator, offers to decorate a room in your home (max. 30 sq mts)

Donated by Glyn Jones

Odyssey Putter – one of the Pros’ favourites

Donated by Resident Reader

Nastech Kitchen Bin, automatic kitchen bin 50 litre cap.

Donated by Coleco

Chiropractic Treatment – Tracy Bown, Chiropractor in Lagoa, offers chiropractic treatment to the value of E110

Donated by Lutz Quiroprática

Luxury neck pillow – for a better night’s sleep

Donated by Miller & Schültz

Golf at São Lourenço. Two rounds of golf incl buggy at São Lourenço, ranked Nº 8 in Europe.

Donated by São Lourenço

Set of Saucepans

Donated by Unicom Algoz through Elite Kitchens Accommodation at Hotel Mirage 5*, Cascais – Weekend for two incl American-style breakfast

Donated by Hotel Mirage

Golf at Salgados – Four rounds of golf at Salgados Golf, close to Albufeira – incl buggies.

Donated by Salgados Golf

Mirror – Beautiful large framed mirror from Ishtig, interior designers. Give your room a lift!

Donated by Ishtig

Golf Lessons – Three one-hour lessons with Salgados professional John Wood

Donated by John Wood at Salgados

A Physical Check-up with Dr. Vieira, general practitioner in Carvoeiro –including sugar and cholesterol tests.

Donated by Dr. K Vieira

Set of Gel Nails – Treat your care-worn hands to a well-cared for look.

Donated by Imagine, Lagoa

Accommodation at Hotel Tivoli Lisboa – Weekend for two at the Hotel Tivoli Lisboa 5*.

Donated by Hotel Tivoli

Golf For Two incl buggy at the Atlântico Course, Penha Longa, near Sintra.

Donated by Penha Longa

Hot Stone Massage – Pamper yourself with a Hot Stone Massage

Donated by Imagine, Lagoa

Hotel Palácio 5* – Accommodation and breakfast for two nights for two people at this beautifully situated hotel in Estoril.

Donated by Hotel Palácio

Carrier Dehumidifier – To keep your home drier and, therefore, warmer.

Donated by Auto Heat at Vale de Lousas

Weekend for Two at a hotel from the Heritage group in the Lisbon area.

Donated by The Heritage Group

Alcatel Mobile Phone – With colour screen

Donated by Brasphone, Albufeira

Framed print of Royal Birkdale Golf Course

Donated by Resident Reader

Golf For Four people incl buggies at Boavista Golf, close to Lagos

Donated by Boavista Golf

Dinner at Prima Pasta, Vale de Parra – Dinner for two people

Donated by Prima Pasta

Sumptuous Cake/Dessert – Just the thing for a special dinner party, or to confirm you really do not have any will power!

Donated by Sweet Marilyn

Golf For Two incl buggy at the Atlântico Course, Penha Longa, nr Sintra.

Donated by Penha Longa

Two return flights to the UK

Donated by Via Directa and The Resident

Cut and Blow Dry from the professional team at Victor Picardo in Lagoa

Donated by Victor Picardo

Hotel Palácio 5* – Accommodation and breakfast for two nights for two people at this beautifully situated hotel in Estoril.

Donated by Hotel Palácio

Photographic Portrait Sitting

Donated by Algarve Images

Cashmere Sweater – Gentleman’s Cashmere Sweater, pure luxury for the man you love, or yourself!

Donated by Resident Reader

Small Statue to grace your home.

Donated by Eunique Lda

Waste Disposal Unit to be fitted under sink

Donated by Franke through Elite Kitchens Golf at Morgado – Round of golf for four people including buggies

Donated by Morgado Golf

Bosch Washer/Drier

Donated by CMC through Elite Kitchens

Weekend for two including breakfast at the lovely Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar

Donated by the Caleta Hotel

Exclusive wall mounted, state of the Art Expresso Coffee Maker

Donated by Frasa through Elite Kitchens

Luxury Golf Bag

Donated by Golfer’s Paradise


Donated by General Electric through Elite Kitchens Clay Oven Indian Restaurant, Areias de S João – Three course lunch incl wine for two people

Donated by Clay Oven Indian Restaurant

Indesit3 Drawer Freezer

Donated by Indesit through Elite Kitchens


Donated by Intermarché Carvoeiro

Voucher for a new book or second hand books

Donated by A Lura dos Livros, Tavira

Original Painting painted by local artist Sally (Hazel) Dawson

Donated by Sally (Hazel) Dawson

Shatterproof glasses ideal for the pool, patio or anywhere where you would find children.

Donated by Moveison

Fagor Vacuum Cleaner

Donated by Unicom Algoz through Elite Kitchens Hamper

Donated by ACC Butchers, Sta Bárbara de Nêxe Single Bed – 106 x 200 ideal for the spare room

Donated by Style Furnishings

Haier Dehumidifier – do away with dampness in your home and make it feel warmer

Donated by SACL

Hamper – Food Hamper

Donated by Hampers, Albufeira

20 litres of paint for internal use

Donated by Home – CIN Paints

Lovely Wool Rug

Donated by Tapilar

Case of Wine

Donated by Quinta Lake Real Estate

A Physical Check-up with Dr. Vieira, general practitioner in Carvoeiro – including sugar and cholesterol tests

Donated by Dr. K Vieira

Selection of 16 plants for outdoor planting

Donated by Guiaflores

Neck & Shoulder Massage, plus Advanced Facial, plus Foot Massage

Donated by Becky Goulding

E Class Mercedes

Donated by C Santos Algarve SA

Weekend for Two at the Hotel Baia Estoril, including breakfast

Donated by Hotel Baia

Paint: 20 litres of Dulux Interior Matt or Soft Sheen or Silk White or any of 5,000 colours or 20 litres of Sandtex Exterior High Cover Smooth Paint. This lot can be collected from Quality Paints in Luz or will be delivered to your door (in the Algarve) on any Friday

Donated by Tim Bebbington – Quality Paints Weekend for two including breakfast at the Marriott Hotel Praia d’el Rei

Donated by Marriott Hotel Praia d’el Rei

Massage and Manicure

Donated by Visual, Albufeira

Evening Meal for Four people including wine, from March onwards

Donated by Annabels Family Bar & Restaurant

Weekend for Two including breakfast at Lisboa Regency Chiado

Donated by Lisboa Regency Chiado

Basket of Wine – Special Selection of Wine

Donated by WineMine

Telephone Time – E100 worth of Telephone Time

Donated by Global Talk

Five Nights’ Accommodation – at the 5* Corinthian Hotel in Lisbon

Donated by Corinthia Alfa Hotel

Eye Contour & Mini Face Mask

Donated by Crystal Clear

Nike Golf Bag

Donated by Norgolfe

3 x Magnums of Palmela Reserva Wine from Viquipor Lda

Donated by John Fordyce

10 x 15 Euro Millennium Global Roaming Calling Card

Donated by

10 x 5 Euro Galaxy Prepaid Phone Cards

Donated by

Large Table Lamp

Donated by Louise Goodchild Woodhams

Antique Hickory Shaft Golf Club

Donated by Golf for Greys

Antique Hickory Shaft Mid Iron

Donated by Prosecom

Beauty Treatments at Belavista Hotel, Lagos

Donated by Tiffany

Slave for a Day

Jason Horner was ‘donated’ by 125 Removals