Plenty of toys donated at Toy Run
Monday, 3rd December, 2012
By Emily Roberts
Lifeline has thanked locals for their donations to the Ulysses Toy Run, making it another successful year.
Every year the Ulysses Motorbike Club of Broken Hill hold a toy run to collect toys for the less fortunate.
These toys are donated to Lifeline which gives them out before Christmas.
The 2012 Ulysses Broken Hill Toy Run was held on Saturday with almost 100 motorbikes joining the tradition of travelling through the city to pick up toys.
The run started at Westside Plaza about 10am and finished at Patton Street Park. Organiser Wayne Orr said that a barbecue was held afterwards at the park and the BIU Band performed.
Mr Orr said the Toy Run had been running in excess of 30 years.
The route passed by the city's nursing homes and retirement villages so the residents could see the procession of festively decorated motorbikes go by.
Originally, it had been planned to miss the city's main street, but after a number of complaints the club decided to ride down Argent Street.
They also stopped at Newsworld and Sturt Park.
Lifeline's fundraising co-ordinator, Trevor Odgers, said they picked up all the toys in a truck after the ride.
"It was excellent, I thought," Mr Odgers said.
"There were good quality toys and about 91 motorbikes participated in the ride."
Mr Odgers said the prospect of rain might have frightened a few people off, but there were still a good number of riders.
"All the bikes that went along stopped at the nursing home out the South and parked their bikes," he said.
"The residents all enjoyed it. It was really good."
Mr Odgers said he had to put the toys away early, just in case it rained.
"It was good to see the rain held off, though," he said.