Combined bike club Ulysses and Harley Owners group members Bernie Richardson, Peter Drummond, Ian Lawley and Ron Henry get together for the annual toy run.
Combined bike club Ulysses and Harley Owners group members Bernie Richardson, Peter Drummond, Ian Lawley and Ron Henry get together for the annual toy run. Ron Burgin

Bikers rev up for Salvos toy run

BUNDABERG bikers are bucking the stereotype and showing their softer side at the Salvation Army Toy Run which starts in Bargara on Saturday.

Salvation Army volunteer Don Cook, who has been helping organise the run after the usual organiser had to pull out due to personal reasons, said the Ulysses Motorcycle Club was undertaking the run.

“They have organised something really great. They have been to every bike shop between Maryborough, Hervey Bay and here,” Mr Cook said.

Mr Cook said last year the run had provided some “lovely gifts” for the organisation to hand out and hoped this year would be the same.

“This year we feel that it’s going to be a big year with all the pressures people are facing,” he said.

About 120 riders are expected to take part in the run each donating a new toy or cash to the Salvation Army as part of the Christmas appeal.

Riders will assemble at 7.30am at The Basin, in Bargara, before heading to the Kendalls Flat at 8.45am where they will regroup before they head to Sugarland Shoppingtown.

A sausage sizzle will be available before the riders depart Bargara.

Ulysses Motorcycle Club member Ron Henry said everyone was a welcome to take part in the ride.

And those without a motorcycle can make a donation at Bargara or Sugarland Shoppingtown.

“The aim is mainly to help the Salvos give people a hand,” Mr Henry said.

Mr Henry requested people donate new toys, not secondhand which, because of hygiene, needed to be cleaned — and that was expensive.

One of the event’s key supporters Ian Lawley said the event was special to him.

“We provide an opportunity for some families in Bundaberg who might find it a bit tough at this time of year. It gives us much pleasure to help the Salvos help others,” he said.

For more information telephone 4159 6989.



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