Ride for youngsters
Regional motorcycle riders on all types of bikes have converged on Natimuk’s Main Street for the past 18 years to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.
Each year the Salvation Army Charity and Toy Ride, with a police escort to Horsham, supports local disadvantaged children. This year the ride will be part of Horsham’s Kannamaroo Festival on Saturday morning, with riders gathering in Natimuk from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Ride co-ordinator Jenni Papst said support for the ride had grown each year.
“It now incorporates the wonderful support of Natimuk A and P Society, which put on egg and bacon rolls with coffee for the riders in Natimuk,” she said.
Horsham Police Highway Patrol has always been an important element of this annual ride and will again lead the group from Natimuk, arriving in Horsham’s Roberts Place at 11am.
Major Carolyn Wright of the Salvation Army Western Vic Division said riders who supported the event went ‘the extra mile’.
“We purchase gift cards for teenagers with cash donations and the quality of gifts for younger recipients has been fantastic,” she said.
“We encourage riders to get into the spirit of the event by decorating themselves and their bikes, with a prize awarded for best effort.
“You really do need to down, however.”
People keen to support the Salvation Army’s ride by participating in the event or being part of activities at Roberts Place can find out more on the ride’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/salvoscharityride. tie that tinsel