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. 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.