Bikers ride toward a better Christmas

CHARITY RIDE: Brian Self and Kim Self of Batlow with toys they have collected for underprivileged children at Bolton Park on Saturday at the conclusion of this year’s Toy Run in Wagga. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Wagga erupted with a familiar rumble at the weekend that brought elated children and curious residents out to their front curb for a look.

More than 200 motorbikeriders and passengers took three hours to ride through Wagga for the annual Combined Riders of Wagga Toy Run.

“People were waving and clapping and cheering and carrying on,” committee president Pat Combs said.

“We get a lot of favourable response from the public.

“We get a kick out of the fact there are kids out there who will have a good Christmas.”

The toy run raised $4000 on Saturday from generous donations from the community, including $1000 collected from inmates at the Junee Correctional Centre.

Mr Combs said $15,000 worth of toys was donated to the Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul at this year’s event.

The toy run is organised by members of The Ulysses Club and The Harley Owners Group but is open to anyone with a motorbike and current licence.

The money will be used as a starting point for next year.

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