Riders bring joy for kids

South Burnett Times - - PULSE -

MO­TOR­BIKE riders will be spread­ing the Christ­mas cheer in the South Bur­nett this week­end, for the run­ning of the an­nual Christ­mas toy run.

Up to 80 mo­tor­bikes, dec­o­rated with tin­sel and many rid­den by Santa, are ex­pected to de­scend on Kin­garoy loaded with up to 200 toys to be do­nated to the Sal­va­tion Army for lo­cal chil­dren.

Toy drive organiser Lynnsay Fryer is busy dec­o­rat­ing his trike in prepa­ra­tion for the ride.

“I am a tin­sel man from way back and I have a mas­cot bear called Sham­bling, he is in charge of all the bears and sits on top and tells me where to go,” he said.

Mr Fryer, who moved to the re­gion two years ago, loves to see riders come from far and wide, some driv­ing up to two hours, to make Christ­mas ex­tra spe­cial for the kids in the South Bur­nett.

“I used to ride in toy runs in Toowoomba and Bris­bane but it is not like the South Bur­nett, where we have four streams of bikes from four dif­fer­ent direc­tions con­verg­ing on Kin­garoy at the same time,” he said.

The riders will meet at Kin­garoy Mitre 10, where they will have a sausage siz­zle. They will leave for the toy run rain, hail or shine at 11am.

They will be rid­ing through the town and slowly mak­ing their way to the show­grounds to de­liver the toys.

“We have to go very slowly so any­one can get on the foot­path and see the bikes go past or come out to the show grounds and see the bikes stationary,” Mr Fryer said.

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