Toy ride to spread Christmas cheer
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.
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.