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Bringing cheer . . . Morris Jones with grandson Brooklyn Jones (then 8) at a previous Christmas toy run. PHOTO: COURIER FILES

by Chris Tobin

Motorbike riders will be taking to the roads around South Canterbury again to support children this Christmas.

The Timaru section of Bronz (Bikers Rights Organisation New Zealand) will hold its 33rd annual Christmas toy appeal run and are calling on the public to give good-quality toys at various pick-up points around the district.

One of the organisers, Morris Jones, said they always had a good response and in the last couple of years they had a back-up vehicle following them which ended up getting filled, as well as a trailer.

All motorbike riders were welcome to take part as long as they gave a toy, he said.

“Generally we get 20 to 30 riders and some come from as far away as Christchurch.”

Other Bronz clubs around the country had their toy runs also.

The run will start from the Ascot Sports Bar and Restaurant at Washdyke at 10am on Sunday, December 8.

Mr Morris said the public were welcome to come out to give toys and see the riders depart if they wished.

From Washdyke, the riders will travel to the pre-arranged pick-up points where the public can drop off toys.

The first stop will be at the Pleasant Point dairy followed by the Cave store, the Fairlie Information Centre, the dairy in Cox St, Geraldine, the New World supermarket in Temuka and finally Gould Motorcycles in southern Stafford St, Timaru.

The distance covered is about 160km.

“We’ve been told we’ve got a very good response at Temuka’s New World; they’ve filled a box already.”

Once collected, the toys would be taken to the Salvation Army citadel in Wai-iti Rd in Timaru where they would be given out to brighten up Christmas for children around the region, Mr Morris said.

“The Salvation Army has a list of clients who need toys for their children.”

Mr Morris said he had ridden on most of the annual rides and a lot of fellow club members had done it regularly over the years.

“It’s our way of supporting the community.”