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Newcastle Toy Run adds extra joy on Christmas Day

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There was an abundance of smiling faces in the Hunter on Christmas Day, thanks to the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run.

The organisation’s popular flagship event, which supports disadvantaged children and families in the region, exceeded all expectations in 2022.

Although the riders descended upon Connolly Park, Carrington, earlier this month – and celebrated the 45th anniversary with entertainment, market stalls, trad displays, free kids and amusements for the children – the participants’ generosity flowed through to 25 December.

“We’re all done and dusted for this year,” Bikers for Kids chairman Daryn Young said.

“The last deliveries left the toy warehouse on Friday (23 December), just in time for Christmas Day.

“The motorcycling fraternity contributes, arguably, more than most to assist the wider community, staging dozens of fundraising events throughout the year.

“However, the pinnacle of that wider support is the Newcastle Toy Run.

“It’s believed to be the largest and longest-running, at 45 years, event of its kind in the world.

“In 2022, with in excess of 10,000 riders and enthusiasts on board, we contributed an estimated $100,000+ in gift donations and a further combined cash boost to The Salvation Army, locally, of $50,000.

“It’s a far cry from the contingent of 20 bikes, which participated in the inaugural Newcastle Toy Run in 1978.

“It is also a testament to the motorcycle community’s fierce and ongoing passion for supporting those less fortunate.

“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.

“A massive thank you goes to all the riders, partners, supporters and volunteers who make this and other events possible.

“See you all in 2023.”

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