Wagga's Toy Run aims to attract 200 bikes

Toy Run magic: The annual Toy Run brings together hundreds of riders who collect donations and raise money for toys on December 3.

Toy Run magic: The annual Toy Run brings together hundreds of riders who collect donations and raise money for toys on December 3.

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The rumble of engines and smell of exhaust marks the start of December for many motorbike enthusiasts.

The Wagga Toy Run attracts hundreds of riders who come together to raise money for kid’s toys.

Trevor Chapman has been taking part in the Toy Run for 15 years and said it marks the start of the festive season for him.

“It’s not Christmas till you’ve done the Toy Run,” Mr Chapman said.

“The purpose of the Toy Run is to make a difference to local kids who might otherwise face a pretty bleak Christmas.

“It wouldn’t be possible without Ron Crouch Transport, GEO Group and Commonwealth Bank helping us out.”

During the Toy Run’s history, $250,000 worth of toys have been donated to charity.

The run is organised by the Combined Riders of Wagga (made up of members of the Ulysses Club and Harley Owners Group) who have a dedicated voluntary committee working hard to bring the event together.

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The run itself is what sets the Wagga Toy Run apart from other Christmas appeals.

“Anybody can run a toy appeal but to get two or three hundred bikes riding around town makes it pretty obvious, people hear us coming,” Mr Chapman said.

“I go in the ride every year because it's a great way to lift the profile and make a difference.”

This year the committee hope to see 200 bikes take part after coming close in 2015 with 198 bikes.

Anyone with a registered bike and a licence is welcome to join in the ride which starts at Jubilee Oval car park from 7.30am. 

To donate toys or money meet at the designated rest stops (see the map below) on Saturday December 3 or look out for Toy Run volunteers around Wagga before the day.

For safety reasons, do not try to give toys to the riders while they are on the road.

All cash donations are spent on toys and all toys are donated to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul for distribution.

This year the Toy Run will finish at the Civic Centre. The afternoon will feature family entertainment including a jumping castle, raffles and an auction.

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