Christmas Toy Runs go into top gear from this weekend with motorcycle clubs and organisations dressing up for fun and giving gifts to the needy.
There have already been several toy runs around the country with many more to come.
We have listed several below, but this is in no way the complete list.
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Organiser Graham Briggs says riders meet at Tomei Ebina Service Area about 8am and leave at 9am.
“We ride to our first children’s home, leave some gifts, play with the kids and share some food before riding on to our second children’s home for more of the same, he says.
“Riders will also engage as many members of the public along the way to explain what they’re doing.”
Like most toy runs, the advice about gifts is similar.
Riders are asked to bring gifts suitable for 0-18y, boys and girls, and not just toys, but clothes and shoes, but not cash.
“People’s time is as important as the gifts – the kids like all the bikes being decorated and riders dressed as Santa to make it a standout day,” Graham says.
Most toy runs accept gifts of toys and non-perishable foods which are distributed by various charities to needy families.
Riders are encouraged to dress up and decorate their bikes.
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Hobart: The 38th MRA Toy Run starts at the Derwent Entertainment Centre at noon on Saturday, December 1, and finishes on the lawn in front of Parliament House.
Gippsland: The 19th Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run will be held on Saturday, December 1.
Bendigo: December 1 meet at Lansell Square car park from 8am for an 8.30am ride.
Newcastle: The Bikers for Kids Toy Run is one of Australia’s oldest and arguably the biggest. More than 12,000 are bikes expected for the 41st running of the event on Sunday, 2 December 2018, from Stockton to Wickam Park from 8am. Click here to register. this year’s theme is superheroes!
Sunshine Coast: Ulysses Toy Run starts at Kawana Shoppingworld on December 2 from 8am and ends at the surf club.
Gold Coast: The City Council Toy Run starts at 8.30am at Uncles Take Away in Mudgeeraba Rd, Worongary. Stands up at 9.30am for an 80-minute ride to a church service and gift-giving ceremony.
Canberra: The 38th Annual Motorcyclists Toy Run from the Old Parliament House is on Saturday December 8 from 8am with a ride at 10am.
Kingaroy: South Burnett Bikers Toy Run on Saturday December 8 from Mitre 10 from 9.30-11am for a ride to the showgrounds. Call 0428-960-480 for more information.
Wollongong Santa Ride for Charity: City Coast MC & Litas toy run starts at 9am at the North Wollongong Hotel, Schilles Ave. Registration is $10 and goes to the Salvos. This mixed social ride supports the famous Santa Claus Pub Crawl for Charity 2018 – 25th Anniversary Year.
Sale: The 21st Annual Keith Hamilton Toy Run on December 8 at 9am from the Sale Clock Tower is already accepting non-perishable food, children’s clothes and toys in the sleigh at the GJ Gardner Homes office.
Geelong: All types of bikes are welcome at Deakin Waterfront Carpark from 10am for the 26th annual Geelong HOG Toy Run. Entry is $10 per bike. Bring cash, toys, non-perishable food and vouchers for Bethany Family Services (The annual Giving Tree appeal), Geelong Hospital Children’s Ward, Cottage by the Sea and The Sanctuary Counselling Service. Ride goes to Princess Park Queenscliff where there will be entertainment, food and auctions. About 1500 bikes are expected.
Ipswich: The Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club holds their toy run on Sunday, December 9, from 8am at Brassall Shopping Centre.
Perth: The fourth annual Rockingham Toy Run on December 9 leaves from Reading Cinemas Belmont at 9am on Sunday, December 9.
Adelaide: The 40th Motorcycle Riders Association of SA Toy Run will be held at the Clipsal Track on December 9, finishing with a fete on Callington Oval.
Tokyo: Riders meet at Tomei Ebina Service Area about 8am and leave at 9am to ride to a children’s home, leave some gifts, play with the kids and share some food before riding on to a second children’s home for more of the same. Riders will also engage as many members of the public along the way to explain what they’re doing. Please bring gifts suitable for 0-18y, boys and girls, and not just toys, but clothes and shoes, but not cash. “People’s time is as important as the gifts – the kids like all the bikes being decorated and riders dressed as Santa to make it a standout day.”
Toowoomba: The 41st annual Motorcycle Toy Run on Sunday, December 16, at noon leaves Picnic Point and ends at the showgrounds.