On the 8th of December, Santa, alias David Shirley ASB organiser, founder of the group, welcomed the Algarve Senior Bikers to their Christmas charity lunch at restaurant O Barril in Albufeira.
The lunch was organised by David and wife, Dee Shirley, together with Alain and Catherine Balouzet. Andre and the staff at restaurant O Barril provided an excellent lunch for the 44 people who attended. This was followed by home made cakes made by Dee, and coffee.
The lunch as well as being a social affair for the ASB members was also to raise money for the charity the ASB supports, which is the Gaivota home for teanagers and children in Albufeira. The lunch was attended by the director of the children's home, Dr Raquel Nunes accompanied by Ana Sophia.
There was a draw for a Christmas hamper prize which was won by Andrew Chilton.
And the two main raffle prizes, which were for two night stays in Paris hotels sponsored by the Accor Hotels Group, were won by Huw Chivers and Simon Jennings.
At the end of the proceedings ASB organiser David was able to present Dr Raquel with €1950, for the benefit of the home.
In addition to this Christmas donation, the ASB has this year provided a birthday present for each of the kids and treated them all to a trip to a theme park in Spain, plus supplying Easter eggs etc.
ASB member Martin Holway has been running his quiz nights at two venues in Carvoeiro again this year.
Due to the high numbers of tourists that have visited Carvoeiro this year and their outstanding generosity he raised 670€ from the Lighthouse Bar and Grill, and a staggering 3072€ from the Thursday night quiz nights at the Cocktail Garden.
"Everybody enjoyed the afternoon at Restaurant O Barril and we will certainly be returning there at some time in the future, to enjoy another ASB group meal. "
Photos by Michael Jensen.