Written by Shaun Ryan
Motorbike engines will begin roaring across the Fraser Coast in a matter of days with the annual
Toy Run delivering joy and hope across the region.
Organisers of the Fraser Coast Toy Run 2020 are hoping for between 300 and 400 people to take
part in the event on Sunday, December 6.
Director of Independent Riders Australia, Michael Tucker said the group has been running Toy Run stalls at various centres and locations across the region in the build up to the Christmas season to raise funds and sell raffle tickets ahead of the big day.
Mr Tucker said some of the money raised since activations got underway in September has already been handed over to beneficiaries.
“Right now, we are still finalizing the Fraser Coast Toy Run 2020 route. It will feature bikes and cars and the Rural Fire Service will also be involved,” he said.
Some of the charities that will benefit from this year’s event include: Fraser Coast Family Networks, Motorcyclists Advocating Child Empowerment (Mace) Wide Bay and the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
“The best part about the Toy Run is that it is done by the Fraser Coast community and all proceeds stay right here on the Fraser Coast,” Mr Tucker explained.
He said the stalls help promote the event, act as drop-off points for toy donations and raise money through the sale of raffle tickets.
Covid-19 regulations have impacted how the group has had to get things done this year, but enthusiasm and excitement levels among the general public have spiked.
“Different car and bike groups, businesses, sponsors and ordinary residents have all shown a real interest in Toy Run 2020,” he said.
Mr Tucker said all those who get involved and make an effort to support the Fraser Coast Toy Run 2020 always experience a real sense of fulfilment.
“You get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside knowing that you have helped a child or an organization in need,” he said.
“More so with the pandemic this year, people know they are making a difference and it gives everyone hope that next year will be better.”
You can stay up to-date with the latest developments regarding stalls and Toy Run online at http://www.eatmyshorts.com.au.
Fraser Coast Toy Run 2020 is also listed as an event on Facebook if you are on social media.
Alternatively, you can call Michael Tucker on 0409 575 284 for more information.