TOYS loud and shiny took some soft and cuddly pals for a spin on the weekend.
More than 240 bikes hit the road for the annual Warrnambool Motorcycle Toyrun, carrying hundreds of Christmas gifts to the Salvation Army’s Warrnambool corps.
Co-organiser Trevor Warnecke said the event, which he has helped organise for the past 15 years, was enjoying more support each year.
The motorcycle convoy rode from Rafferty’s Tavern in west Warrnambool to Port Fairy, Koroit and back to Warrnambool for a barbecue at Lake Pertobe, where the riders and passengers handed over their cargo of toys to the Salvation Army.
A strong Christmas spirit of giving was also evident yesterday when about 60 motorcyclists arrived at the Hamilton Uniting Church for morning tea.
The morning tea was part of the Peter Cook Charity Run that supports the work of Hamilton Uniting Church minister Peter Cook in helping the needy in Hamilton and surrounding areas.
The ride is organised by the Hamilton Sunday Riders and donates shopping vouchers and cash to Reverend Cook’s work with schoolchildren in need.
Hamilton Sunday Riders spokesman Russell Robinson said the ride started at Tarrington before stopping off at the Hamilton Uniting Church for morning tea and continuing on to Cavendish via Coleraine.
Mr Robinson said he expected the ride raised up to $4000 for Reverend Cook’s work.
Former member for Wannon David Hawker was among about 1000 motorcyclists who took part in the Melbourne Toyrun yesterday.
Mr Hawker, who is a keen Harley-Davidson rider and presently chairs VicRoads’ motorcycle advisory group, made the official presentation of toys and other donations to Father Bob Maguire of the Father Bob Foundation which works with the disadvantaged.