Toy run set to spread Christmas cheer

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It’s all fingers crossed for good weather for the annual Ulysses Nelson Toy Run on Saturday, December 3.

The annual event traditionally attracts hundreds of motorcyclists from Nelson, Blenheim, the West Coast and even Canterbury.

2016 marks 31 years of this fantastic event that sees riders and their pillions decorate themselves and their machines to enter into the spirit of this special time of the year.

The Toy Run features motorbikes and scooters of various engine sizes, all adorned with various gifts for distribution to the region’s children by the local branch of the Salvation Army.

The aim is to give support to the Salvation Army in their work with families which may be especially struggling at Christmas time. The Salvation Army follows the convoy to collect toys/donations from people on the roadside. There is always a huge turnout of bikes and spectators alike, who line the streets to watch and support the appeal. It really brings out a wonderful community spirit.

The public can come to the assembly point in Richmond to donate their gifts to the Salvation Army and to see the extensive range of scooters and motorcycles dressed for the occasion.

Riders will assemble at the Papps Car Park in Cambridge Street, at 10am, with the convoy leaving an hour later. The motorcycles will make their way into Nelson, through Richmond’s town centre and Stoke, before travelling down Trafalgar Street in Nelson to finish at the car park at the rear of Trafalgar Park.

This event would not be possible without the support of not just the Ulysses members, but also the Police, who assist with road safety for the parade of bikes and MORE 92.8 FM who supply advertising, the van and the public address system. Then, of course, the two local councils also help make things happen for us each year – for which the Ulysses Club are extremely thankful.

The Toy Run is not just for Ulysses members, but for anyone on a motorcycle, trike or scooter who wants to join in. Many people decorate their motorcycles and dress up. It’s Christmas on two wheels, fun in the name of a very good cause!

The toys/games and proceeds of the sale of the Toy Run Badges to the riders all go to the Salvation Army.  The emphasis this year is on providing games to appeal to a variety of ages, to brighten up Christmas for a child.

The route begins at Papps Car Park on Cambridge Street Richmond, with riders driving along Queen Street, Salisbury Road through to Stoke, Waimea Road, Selwyn Place, Trafalgar Street and then along Trafalgar Park Lane to Trafalgar Park car park.