On yer bike for local kids

Melissa and Joshua Urquhart sit on the Harley Davidson trike that Santa will ride in Saturdays Motorcycle Toy Run. Joining Santa will be Ulysses Motorcycle Club members (l-r) Sandra McLeod, Dino Polese, George Richey and Graeme Smith.

Santa will be on his bike this Saturday, along with hundreds of other motorcycle riders, for the 25th annual North Coast Childrens Motorcycle Toy Run.

If youve got a motorcycle of your own be it moped, scooter, Harley or Honda you can join the other bikers riding from Ballina to Lismore to raise money for the 2LM Childrens Christmas Appeal.

Were hoping at least 200 motorcyclists will turn up on the day, said Ulysses Motorcycle Club Northern Rivers branch president and Toy Run organiser, Ron Gaudron. And we really want to emphasise that any motorbike riders are welcome no matter what your age or your bike size.

Ron was one of the instigators of the first Ballina to Lismore Toy Run back in 1981. Ron said the idea was formed over a few beers in the Richmond Hotel, where he used to have meetings with other members of the Motorbike Riders Association.

Now this annual event raises thousands of dollars for children in the community, and Ron reckons any motorbike rider would be mad to miss such a great ride for a good cause.

The members of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club are all a bit older, greyer and heavier, but were also a bit wiser, and we get a real kick out of giving to others, especially children, said Ron. Its the time of the year to think about people who arent as fortunate.

The North Coast Childrens Motorcycle Toy Run is open to all registered motorcycles, and L and P plate riders are welcome. All you need do is turn up at the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Club car park (Bentinck Street) this Saturday, December 2, with your bike and a gold coin donation.

The day kicks off at 8am with breakfast for a moderate fee, thanks to Ballina Lions Club, and the ride itself begins at 10am.

The ride ends at the Harold Fredericks car park in Lismore, opposite Oakes Oval, where there will be raffles and a surprise presentation to a group of lucky young people.

Contributions of toys are welcome but they must still be in their original wrapping. Teddy bears and other soft toys to place on your bike can be hired for the day for $5. This money, plus all toys and funds raised on the day, will directly benefit local kids.

For more information about the ride phone Ron on 6622 5669.

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