Salvos’ toy ride aims to break dona­tions record

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

More than 300 mo­tor­cy­cles are ex­pected to ride through town this week­end for the Sal­va­tion Army’s an­nual Char­ity Toy Run.

At 10am on De­cem­ber 8 at Foun­da­tion Park, hun­dreds of mo­tor­bikes, scoot­ers and trikes will take off on a 20km route around town which will fin­ish at the Town Square.

Or­gan­ised by the Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club of WA, for its 32nd run­ning or­gan­is­ers hope to set at­ten­dance and fund­ing records, af­ter last year rais­ing nearly $5000.

Al­bany sec­tion chair­man Paul Arm­strong said set­ting a new record for par­tic­i­pants would be good, but a record do­na­tion would be bet­ter.

“What it’s re­ally about is break­ing records with dona­tions and cash,” he said.

“If we get to 300 (mo­tor­bikes) and $10,000 in cash, I’d much pre­fer that to 400 and $4000.

“It’s not about achiev­ing records with mo­tor­bikes, it’s about achiev­ing records with dona­tions.”

Mr Arm­strong said money raised from the event would be used ex­clu­sively to help Great South­ern res­i­dents through the Sal­va­tion Army.

The ride, which is recog­nis­able be­cause of riders’ pen­chant for at­tach­ing teddy bears to their mo­tor­bikes, raises money and pro­vides gifts, food and toi­letries to strug­gling Great South­ern fam­i­lies.

How­ever, in the past many of the dona­tions have tended to be suitable for young chil­dren, mean­ing some fam­ily mem­bers have been left out.

Mr Arm­strong asked for this year’s dona­tions to be use­ful for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing teenagers.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to think of all dif­fer­ent age groups from three or four (years old) to 15,” he said.

Santa Claus waves to the crowds.

Bik­ers are gear­ing up for the pop­u­lar Char­ity Run mo­tor­cy­cle ride.

Aus­tralia Post’s Andy Walsh.

Santa en­cour­ages dona­tions.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Santa has traded his sleigh for a mo­tor­cy­cle ahead of this year's Char­ity Run mo­tor­cy­cle ride.

The Sal­va­tion Army col­lects gifts from riders.

Santa Claus leads the way.

Paul Arm­strong and grand­daugh­ter Chloe Lay­den.

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