Bik­ers hit the road for fes­tive cheer

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - Roger Moroney

There are likely to be more than 200 mo­tor­cy­cles pass­ing through the streets of Hast­ings, Clive and Napier on Sun­day in con­voy — and an equally im­pres­sive num­ber of toys will be trav­el­ling with them.

To­mor­row is the 32nd an­nual Twin City Toy Run in sup­port of Birthright HB Child and Fam­ily Care.

“It’s such a great event,” Birthright prac­tice man­ager Sharon Al­lan said, adding the toy run and its sup­port from rid­ers across the re­gion and sev­eral who ar­rived spe­cially for it, was a ma­jor part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Christ­mas pro­gramme.

They deal with about 380 to 400 fam­i­lies and the run’s col­lec­tion of presents and cash through badge sales is a ma­jor boost.

“We will have a gift for ev­ery child we deal with and we also make sure their sib­lings get some­thing as well,” Al­lan said.

Ev­ery year the event has drawn an im­pres­sive ar­ray of mo­tor­cy­cles, of all makes and size, as well as a large amount of toys — which end up fill­ing dozens of large col­lec­tion boxes.

The toy run starts at about 11am from Plun­ket St in Stort­ford Lodge. The stream of bikes will pass through Hast­ings, Have­lock North, Clive and Napier and ar­rive at An­der­son Park in Green­mead­ows about 11.45am. Many rid­ers will adopt large fluffy toys as their pil­lions.

Bouncy cas­tles, face paint­ing and sausage siz­zles will add a fam­ily Christ­mas touch to the day.

The toy run was started by Peter and Anne Ham­mond, of Taradale, and Richard and Jan Fin­nemore, of Hast­ings, in 1986. It has grown through the years to be­come a “must” on the fundrais­ing ride list for many mo­tor­cy­clists.

PHOTO / PAUL TAY­LOR

An un­bear­ably cute pil­lion pas­sen­ger on the Twin City Toy Run.

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