Run rounds up plenty of toys

MORE than 70 motorcyclists and motorists from Mackay, Bowen and the Whitsundays rolled up to support this year's Whitsunday Toy Run on Saturday.

Organised by six local, dedicated bikers, the annual event kicked off at the Buffalo Hall in Proserpine before the procession headed to different spots around the Whitsundays.

They handed over three carloads of toys to Santa and St Vincent de Paul volunteers at Centro Whitsunday on their way around the region. Run coordinator Roger “Dodge” Burgess was impressed with the amount of toys donated this year.

“The generosity of this place is amazing,” he said.

The toys are set to be shared among families in need and underprivileged children by Proserpine and Cannonvale St Vincent de Paul stores, Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling, the Uniting Church and the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre.

Funds raised through donations will go to the Proserpine Hospital children's ward.

“The day was a great success... it was a beautiful day for riding,” Mr Burgess said.

“Thank you to the team and a great big thanks to the community.

“The toys will bring a smile to a child's face this Christmas.”

Run goers travelled through Proserpine, Strathdickie, Conway and Airlie Beach before finishing at the Jubilee Tavern where they battled it out for the Best Paint Job, best tattoos and and Best Bike.

The late Alan Knight started the Toy Run more than 10 years ago.


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