An­nual toy run delivers Christ­mas spirit

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

THE sev­enth an­nual mo­tor­cy­cle toy run brought the spirit of Christ­mas into town with 36 mo­tor­cy­cles de­liv­er­ing chil­dren’s gifts to Angli­care on Satur­day.

The aim of the toy run is to lend a help­ing hand to dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren by mak­ing a do­na­tion to brighten up their Christ­mas.

A range of gifts for all ages were handed over by the mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts to Angli­care Chil­dren Ser­vices.

John Fin­ni­gan was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing start the toy run and said this year’s event was one of the most suc­cess­ful.

“There were 36 bikes, with some car­ry­ing two peo­ple so there would be around 45 peo­ple tak­ing part,” Mr Fin­ni­gan said.

“From our point of view it lets peo­ple know we are just aver­age peo­ple, we are not big bad bikies.

“It is a great cause and ev­ery­one who do­nates and takes part al­ways feels good be­cause it’s a wor­thy cause.”

Fos­ter care and kin­ship prac­ti­tioner Kait Knights-Edgar said they were funded for only 85 chil­dren in care and at the mo­ment there were 9629 chil­dren in care in Queens­land and 47,926 in Aus­tralia.

“They are about to have a fos­ter care camp so all the dona­tions from to­day’s drive will go to all the car­ers to be dis­trib­uted at the camp for the chil­dren,” Ms Knights-Edgar said.

“I was amazed at how many chil­dren in this town that are in care.”

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