More than a hundred gleaming hunks of steel stormed Dubbo’s streets on Saturday, on a mission of a soft and fluffy variety.
The annual Salvation Army toy run was a roaring success, with a record number of bikes joining the cavalcade, perfect summer weather and a trailer full of toys outshining expectations.
Geoff McMillan from the Ulysses bike club said the event was “getting bigger every year as word gets around” and was a chance to do something good for the world and parade your pride and joy at the same time.
“You get to show off your bikes, catch up with your mates and members from other areas as well as fundraise for a very worthy cause,” he said.
“It’s also a good chance to show the community that we’re not all seen to be bad, that we’re normal people with two arms and legs.
“We call it a SKI event – spending your kids’ inheritance to have a bit of fun.”
The tour of duty began at a bustling farmers’ market down by the river, passed through the AXXIS Technology birthday party and stopped at the Macquarie Inn.
Bikes and hotrods then headed to Geurie, Wellington and Ballimore before finishing up at the Rebels’ clubhouse for a car and bike show.
Mr McMillan said the group was still getting phone calls that afternoon from people in the area with toys to donate and a back-up toy run was organised for today to round up the left-overs.
“The amount of toys the Salvos need for families in the area is staggering and they can never get enough to satisfy demand,” he said.
“Some of the ones we picked up I’d be happy for my own kids to see under the Christmas tree.”
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