Thousands of motorcyclists hit the road on Sunday for the Motorcycle Riders Association of South Australia’s annual Toy Run to benefit the St Vincent de Paul Society, The Advertiser reports.
The event – a week earlier this year – saw participants ride their way from Victoria Park racecourse to Callington Oval in the Adelaide Hills via Hutt Street, Glen Osmond Road and the South Eastern Freeway.
The motorbike enthusiasts were expected to collect more than 4000 toys for Vinnies SA, which are then distributed through Vinnies’ home visitation service, crisis accommodation centres and Fred’s Van.
Vinnies SA state president Cathy Beaton said nearly 70 per cent of the toys distributed to disadvantaged families at Christmas were provided by the Toy Run.
“So it’s an enormously important event for us and the people we assist,” Ms Beaton said.
“Many South Australian families are struggling with unemployment, high utility costs, health issues or other pressures and it’s wonderful to ensure thousands of disadvantaged families are able to experience the joy of giving over the festive season.
“It’s wonderful to ensure thousands of disadvantaged families are able to experience the joy of giving over the festive season.” she said.
In recent years an expanding cohort of scooters has accompanied the roar up the freeway, in a display of generosity and cheer for needy kids. Another change is the range of toys, with a move away from soft toys to more diverse items preferred by children and teenagers.
The event concluded with entertainment, food trucks and stalls at Callington Oval.
Toy run to hit the freeway a week early (St Vincent de Paul Society SA)