The 2018 Toy Run was a rumbling hit
OVER 50 bikers gathered this morning at Sunshine Mitre 10 to participate in the annual 'Basket of Hope' Toy Run for the Salvation Army.
Lynnsay Fryer, the main organiser of the Toy Run, is very proud of everyone's efforts.
"We never know the numbers before they come. Bikers are like mustering cats. Sometimes you have way too many that you don't know what to do, and sometimes only two turn up. With such a great crowd here today, I'm very proud. Their presence shows their dedication to the cause,” he said.
Mr Fryer said the biking community enjoys participating in these types of charity drives.
"We do a various number of charitable events during the year, and this is a brilliant one because we're good friends with the Salvation Army,” he said.
"Last year I made a difference by adding in the 'Basket of Hope' part. This means that if people would like to be involved in our values, where we help people, they can contribute and aid and we'll carry their gifts to various people who need it.
"As a biking subgroup of the community in general, we believe in respecting and helping other people. It keeps society together, so we make a point of doing it.”
Not too long ago, Mr Fryer also organised a bikers' meet up to help farmers in need, and it was another successful event.
"Two months ago, I put the word out saying how farmers need the help. The Bikers for Farmers meet was done here in the showgrounds and nearly 600 people on motorbikes turned up. Barely anyone knew me, but they thought the cause was important,” he said.
For this year's Toy Run, Mr Fryer said he's amazed by how many toys are being transported.
"We are overwhelmed by the number of toys here today. We had to bring out a few trailers to help handle them,” he said.
Mr Fryer said the Toy Run is a feel-good event that gets all the bikers in the Christmas spirit.
"We extend the Christmas greeting to everyone and will also thank everyone for their efforts. We can tell it all comes from the heart,” he said.