Toy run de­liv­ers the goods

The Western Star - - News -

AL­MOST 100 of the Mara­noa’s most dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren will have a merrier Christ­mas after the suc­cess of the an­nual Mara­noa Toy Run.

Or­gan­iser John Fin­ni­gan counted 44 bikes that made the run from Bas­sett Park to Roma Clay Tar­get Club on Satur­day – the best he has seen in years.

The toys col­lected will go to fos­ter chil­dren across the re­gion. “They get handed straight to Angli­care to dis­trib­ute, as well as some vouch­ers which they can hand to the older kids who can go and choose their own,” Mr Fin­ni­gan said.

“We started about seven or eight years ago when there was a move­ment against mo­tor­cy­cle gangs, and we saw they were do­ing toy runs in other ar­eas and thought we would in­tro­duce it here.”

Mr Fin­ni­gan said the sausage siz­zle, do­nated by Lad­brooks Butch­ery and Bakearoma, helped them raise a fur­ther $190 for Angli­care.

Pic­ture: Ellen Ransley

CHRIST­MAS CHEER: Or­gan­iser John Fin­ni­gan leads the eighth an­nual Mara­noa Toy Run, in which 44 bikes par­tic­i­pated.

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