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Bikers For Kids revved up for Newcastle Toy Run

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They’ve been a mainstay of the Novocastrian festive landscape for more than four decades.

And, this weekend, Bikers for Kids will once again mobilise the community to support disadvantaged children and families in the region through their flagship event, the Newcastle Toy Run.

However, they need your backing, too.

Photo: Stewart Hazel

Now in their milestone 45th year, the big-hearted motorcyclists are scheduled to arrive at Connolly Park, Carrington, on Sunday 4 December, where everyone is invited to enjoy the occasion.

Between 9am and 1pm, the venue will come alive as a massive donation point for unwrapped toys, a showcase of thousands of decorated bikes, entertainment, market stalls and trade displays, free rides and amusements for the kids and plenty of food and drink options, official merchandise, The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal Collection, the annual Toy Run motorcycle raffle prize draw and lots of fun.

In 2022, the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run hopes to attract in excess of 10,000 riders and enthusiasts from all over the east coast of Australia and beyond.

It’s a far cry from their contingent of 20 bikes in the inaugural 1978 event and a testament to the motorcycle community’s fierce and ongoing passion for supporting those less fortunate.

Photo: Stewart Hazel

Through the staging of the Newcastle Toy Run, the participants, as well as the general public and local business owners, are given the opportunity to build awareness, collectively donate toys and raise much-needed funds for distribution to needy children and families.

“This can be a really stressful time of year for many people, especially parents and carers,” Bikers for Kids chairman Daryn Young said.

“Knowing we have the ability to help so many children throughout the Hunter who are in need is an absolute rush.

“It’s why we keep doing what we are doing.”

Photo: Stewart Hazel

The Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run has also contributed significantly to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal for more than 30 years, with over $500,000 worth of toys and donations generated within the Hunter.

“We are immensely grateful for the generous support provided by this iconic event and the many thousands of riders who take part,” a spokesperson for the organisation said.

“Through the donation of funds and toys, we can directly assist local families in their time of need and we simply couldn’t do this without Bikers For Kids’ and community assistance.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude and congratulations.”

Impressively, the Newcastle Toy Run is the oldest annual event of its kind in Australia and the only Transport for NSW and police-approved and escorted ride.

Participants are encouraged to register via the website to go in the draw to win a private scenic joy flight over the region.

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