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Ulysses Club Toy Run

Tuesday, 9th December, 2008

The Ulysses Club's annual Toy Run has once again helped bring a happy Christmas to the less fortunate.

About 110 motorcycle riders criss-crossed the city on Saturday morning, collecting toys for needy children.

Ulysses Club President Don Bearman said riders hadn't received quite as many toys as last year, with people opting to give cash or vouchers instead.

"That's alright though. It lets Lifeline get exactly what the kids need," he said.

The toys have been passed on to Lifeline which will distribute them to other local charities.

Ulysses members picked up toys from schools on Thursday and from collection points on Saturday.

"There were plenty of kids around with donations, even though it rained halfway through," Mr Bearman said.

"That gets the kids involved and a lot of families get into the spirit and drop off toys to the places we visit. We always get a lot of calls from older residents asking where we'll be and they'll make the effort.

"It's a full community thing. We're really only there to put it all together and run it, and members chuck in a few toys, but everybody makes it happen."

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