Melbourne Toy Run 40th anniversary

Melbourne Toy Run hits 40th milestone

Up to 10,000 people are expected to participate in the 40th annual Melbourne Motorcycle and Classic Car Toy Run on Sunday (December 17, 2017) at Tabcorp Park in Melton.

Victorian Motorcycle Council chairman Rob Salvatore says the “traditional annual motorcycle charity toy run is an institution in Melbourne”.

He estimates that more than 200,000 have attended over the years donating several millions of dollars of goods for the annual Salvation Army Christmas family appeal.

“Forty years of helping the less fortunate is a huge and important legacy,” Rob says.

“We wholeheartedly thank the sponsors, riders, car enthusiasts, volunteers, supporting organisations and organisers who keep the event growing and supporting even more families in need.”

Donations for 40th event

Last year about 5000 people donated more than two pantechs worth of goods and organisers are expecting up to 10,000 to decorate their vehicles and participate in the 40th event

This year, 11 motorcycle feeder rides will head to the event, including a city based ride from the State Netball Hockey Centre next to the historic Melbourne Zoo.

It will be waved off at 9.30am by Roads Minister Luke Donnellan and led by Assistant Police Commissioner Doug Fryer with a police escort. Melbourne Toy Run 40th anniversary

Participants are asked to bring toys and non-perishable food donations.

Cash and monetary donations can be made directly to the Salvation Army representatives at their donation truck.

The event starts at 10am at Tabcorp Park with a family carnival featuring trade and food stalls, bike and hot rod displays, MX stunt shows, live music and children’s activities.

Click here for more details of the 2017 40th Traditional Melbourne Motorcycle and Classic Car Toy Run, feeder rides and other Australian motorcycle toy runs.

The preferred kinds of charity goods and donations are listed in the website Frequently Asked Questions, but include non-perishable foods and new toys.

  1. The Toy Run for Father Bob is organised by the Independent Riders Group & it was from 11am to 2 pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 1-11 Wharf Road, Port Melbourne.
    The Father Bob Maguire Foundation feeds and supports many homeless people. It helps families facing financial hardship and raises money to keep kids at school longer. Christmas time can be especially hard for children whose folks are doing it tough.
    No idea why the other one was on at same time.

  2. Err .. the “traditional” toy run ? .. The traditional toy run in in Melbourne, not shunted out to out of sight out of mind shitsville.

    1. Good point, wondered how Melton could possibly be Melbourne, when 42km from the City of Melbourne.
      The Toy Run mentioned above for Father Bob, was in Port Melbourne, and not advertised as ‘Melbourne’ Toy Run.
      As for 40th, that’s a bit rich, considering there are no MRA Toy Runs left in Victoria, so NO Toy Run can stake claim to that!

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