Mo­tor­cy­cle run to col­lect toys

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Mo­tor­cy­cles are set to roar through Mo­erewa and Kawakawa to col­lect Christ­mas toys for lo­cal youth.

Up to 30 rid­ers from the Tumeke Mo­tor­cy­cle and Car Club in col­lab­o­ra­tion with All for Heart, a group which helps to feed and sup­port chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, will col­lect un­wrapped Christ­mas pre­sents for tod­dlers through to young teens.

The Mo­erewa and Kawakawa Toy Run is on Novem­ber 26 from 1pm, and will be­gin from Otiria Rd in Mo­erewa, col­lect­ing toys and clothes along the main streets through to Bay of Is­lands Col­lege.

Tumeke Mo­tor­cy­cle and Car Club spokesman Wiremu Keretene says the club look to sup­port com­mu­nity events, and have been in­volved with a pre­vi­ous toy run in Kaikohe, and the RATS (Rid­ers Against Teen Sui­cide) move­ment.

‘‘Mo­erewa has had some mo­tor­cy­cle clubs here which haven’t shown pos­i­tive ac­tions in the com­mu­nity, we hope to break that stereo­type,’’ Keretene says.

‘‘One of our main kau­papa for start­ing the club was to be pos­i­tive male role mod­els - that rode mo­tor­cy­cles with­out be­ing af­fil­i­ated to gangs - for our youth es­pe­cially our young male youth.’’

The club started in 2015 and has mem­bers from Kaitaia, Whangarei and Auck­land, with the main mem­ber­ship base in Mo­erewa.

All for Heart’s Erika Ki­hau ap­proached the club, be­cause she had heard of other bike crews tak­ing part in suc­cess­ful toy runs.

‘‘I was think­ing about what we could do for Christ­mas and I know some of the bikie crews do toy runs and I thought I could use a lo­cal group, and it is good for the kids to see peo­ple driv­ing bikes that are not in gangs,’’ Ki­hau says.

‘‘I hope the toys will make the kids a bit hap­pier, be­cause a lof of them won’t be get­ting Christ­mas.’’

Com­mu­nity mem­bers have nom­i­nated de­serv­ing chil­dren to All For Heart, who will pack­age up the pre­sents along with food and de­liver them per­son­ally to each fam­ily.

‘‘A lot of the fam­i­lies we are help­ing, some­thing has hap­pened to them - the par­ents might have passed away or the kids are liv­ing with their grand­par­ents,’’ Ki­hau says.

‘‘Hope­fully it lifts their spir­its to know some­one cares.’’

Ki­hau thanks the Tumeke club and hopes the event will hap­pen ev­ery year.

❚ Visit All for Heart on Face­book.

Wiremu Keretene from the Tumeke Mo­tor­cy­cle Car Club in Mo­erewa.

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