Toy ride to spread Christ­mas cheer

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers will load up on gifts for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren this Christ­mas as part of the South West Har­ley Own­ers Group’s an­nual Char­ity Toy Ride on De­cem­ber 1.

The con­voy will de­part Treen­dale Shop­ping Cen­tre carpark at 11am, with each rider en­cour­aged to bring a gift suit­able for a teenager to do­nate to the Sal­va­tion Army.

Group mem­ber Yvonne Chap­man said more than 180 rid­ers took part in 2017 and hoped to top 200 this year.

“Peo­ple can dress up their bikes and re­ally get into the Christ­mas spirit – we want as many bikes as we can,” she said.

“We have been asked to aim our tar­get au­di­ence at the teenage 14 to 18 years old plus, be­cause the Sal­va­tion Army get a lot of cud­dly toys, but not much for the older boys es­pe­cially.”

Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Mark Schatz said the event was about hav­ing fun while help­ing the com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

“The joy of see­ing all the bikes with the guys with the leathers on and the roar of the en­gines while hold­ing a teddy bear un­der their arm – I mean that is just fun in it­self,” he said.

“We want to get peo­ple to have a bit of fun on the ride, but we want to make sure it is about giv­ing hope to those who need it most.”

Non-rid­ers can bring toys, food or cash do­na­tions to the sausage siz­zle tak­ing place at the end of the ride at the Bun­bury Sal­va­tion Army de­pot from mid­day.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

South West WA Chap­ter Har­ley Own­ers Group mem­bers John Guy, Michael Rock and Larry Price are team­ing up with Sal­va­tion Army cap­tain Mark Schatz to spread joy this Christ­mas.

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