Annette and Lyle Whitley at the Bundaberg Early Holden Club’s Toy Run to raise funds and awareness for Camp Quality.
Annette and Lyle Whitley at the Bundaberg Early Holden Club’s Toy Run to raise funds and awareness for Camp Quality. Max Fleet

Hitting the road to Camp Quality

TWICE as many Camp Quality children will have a reason to celebrate Christmas this year, with Bundaberg Early Holden Club’s Toy Run doubling last year’s gift haul.

Saturday afternoon saw many Bundaberg car clubs hit the road in 52 vehicles to collect toys and donations to brighten the Christmas of 70 Camp Quality children in central Queensland.

“This will help a lot of children at Christmas,” Bundaberg Early Holden Club secretary Veronica Kirby said.

“It was really a special day for us and a successful day for Camp Quality.”

Mrs Kirby said she was thrilled with the response to only their second year of the toy run, not just from generous individuals and groups but also from other supportive car clubs.

“We were really pleased. It has really been full-on this year — we were finding our feet last year,” she said.

Mrs Kirby said last year about 30 vehicles participated in the run, so it was great to see how popular it had become.

Bundaberg Rum City Riders member Ashley Gleeson came along and said he would be there again next year.

“It was fantastic. There was a really good turn-up and, when we put our presents in the ute at the start of the day, there was already a fair bit in there,” he said.

“I’ve got to give credit to the Early Holden Club because they’re very active in that arena.”

In the spirit of the event, Mr Gleeson said car club rivalry was put aside.

“There was an equal mixture of every sort of club to support the one event,” he said.

“Everybody put their differences aside for the sake of the kids.”



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