A date for the Independent Riders Group Toy Run for Father Bob in Melbourne has now been confirmed after a clash with other local community events.
It will now run from 9am to 3pm on Sunday, December 13, 2015, not December 6 as original planned. The venue is O’Donnell Gardens next to Luna Park in St Kilda.
IRG spokesman Damien Codognotto says the Toy Run for Father Bob is a “purely bike event run by volunteers”.
“Our aims are to help kids, promote road safety and bring back the big parade toy runs because the parades are excellent PR for motorcycle and scooter community and tourist attractions in their own right,” he says.
The Father Bob Maguire Foundation was established in 2003 to help homeless youth.
IRG spokesman Jon May says they need riders to bring non-perishable food, hard toys, kids books/DVDs/CDs and cash donations which all goes to Father Bob.
The Toy Run was to be held on December 6 but the City of Port Phillip said it clashed with too many other local events, so it has been moved back a week.
The biggest Toy Run in Melbourne was the 1997 event where police estimated 18,000 motorcycles, scooter, sidecars and trikes rolled down Swanston Street heading for St Kilda in one giant parade that took in the Albert Park GP circuit. The public turned out in big numbers to watch.
This year riders will assemble from 9am and the run starts at 11am down Jacka Bvd, Beaconsfield Pde to Port Melbourne, then U-turn back along the beach to Robinson Reserve, Barkly St, Acland St, Shakespeare Gve and Cavell St.
There will be live music and presentations with a close at 3.30pm.
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