Australian Toy Runs for 1996

Goulburn Valley Ulysses Toy Run

30nov96: Ferrari Park, Mooroopna
Bikers are asked to gather at 9.30am and leave there by 10am. Everyone is requested to bring a toy, blanket or some tinned food to donate to the Salvation Army. Sausage sizzle at Queens Gardens after the Run.
More info: contact Lionel on (058) 267 272.

Tamworth Show, Shine and Toy Run

02dec96: "The Pub", Gunnedah Road
The Ulysses Club's annual toy run for the Salvation Army. HOG are running the bike show but all proceeds go to the Salvos. The day starts at "The Pub" on Gunnedah Road at 10am where a barbeque lunch will be available. The ride commences at 1pm, travelling through Tamworth and returning to The Pub for the afternoon and evening's frivolities.
More info: contact Mark on (015) 293 158.

Perth

07dec96: Jeff Joseph Reserve, Applecross
Bikes Unlimited is celebrating 21 years of charity rides this year so join the other 4,000 or so riders donating a toy, food or blanket to the Salvos. The ride leaves at 11am sharp and travels to the Lakeside Shopping Centre, Joonalup, where there'll be a festival and Hot Rod display.
More info: Call (09) 382 0212.

Tasmania

14dec96: Burnie
This toy run is the longest in Australia and officially starts at 8.30am in Burnie on the north-west coast and goes via Davenport, Launceston then down the Midlans HHighway to Hobart DEC and then to the waterfront where the toys are handed over to the Salvos.
More info: local papers or call (002) 430 698.

Brisbane

01dec96: Mack Trucks head office in Darra
MRAQ has organised several different marshalling points for this toy run but they all end up at the Mack Trucks head office. The ride will leave Mack Trucks at 9am and head for College Crossing, Mount Crosby via the Ipswitch Highway where they're arrange entertainment, a fashion show, live music, food and drink.
More info: Ian (074) 63 1264 or Val (075) 544 3287.

Hawkesbury District

14dec96: Mobil servo, cnr Mulgrave and Windsor Roads, McGraths Hill
The Sidecar Owners Club of Sydney commences its toy run at the Mobil servo. The ride assembles from 10.30am and leaves at 11am, proceeding through Windsor and on to Richmond where the donations are handed over. After this everyone's invited out to San Miguel for a barbeque lunch, drinks and a monster raffle.
More info: PO Box 1069, Blacktown, NSW 2148.

Central Coast (southern)

23nov96: Salvation Army Packing House, Gosford
Meet at the Salvos' Packing House by 8.30am.
More info: <pjohmst@tac.com.au>.

Newcastle

07dec96: Mick Middleton Field, opposite the Golden Eagle Hotel, Gateshead
Meet the Newcastle Combined Bikers toy run at Mich Middleton Field. The ride travels to the Newcastle Harbour Foreshore where the toys, food and cash donations will be presented to the Salvos for distribution in the Hunter Valley. The Lord Mayor's coming along in a sidecar for the run.
More info: call Big John on (018) 490 710.

Canberra

14dec96: Parliament House
Where else would people meet in Canberra? Meet the MRA at 9.30am; the ride leaves at 10. Donations of toys, food, clothes and money will be gratefully accepted and handed over to the Salvos and the Smith Family. There're prizes for the best decorated bike/rider and the best club attendance.
More info: call (06) 231 5174.

Melbourne

15dec96: the service road, St Kilda, near Roy St, Melbourne
The MRAA is gearing up for its 19th annual toy run. There're meeting places organised in the outer suburbs but the general meeting spot is the service road. Get there early 'cos the ride leaves at 11am sharp for The Palace at St Kilda via the new GP circuit. T-shirts, badges and applications for MRAA membership are available at The Palace.
More info: call the MRAA on (03) 9663 2164.

Sydney

08dec96: Rosehill Racecourse, Grand Ave, Camelia
This ride meets at 10am and commences promptly at 11am. The ride heads onto the freeway bound for the Museum of Fire at Penrith. At the museum will be trade stalls, heaps of parking, membership stand and badges, plus various forms of entertainment, so it should be a good day. All donations of toys, food clothing and money will be gratefully accepted by the Salvos but Bikers Australia request no stuffed toys as the Salvos already have too many.
More info: call (02) 681 3908; trading enquiries (046) 311 160.

Adelaide

08dec96: Glenelg car park
Join the MRA SA on its annual toy run, leaving from Glenlelg car park at 11am, so be there early. The ride travels to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills where the MRA has organised trade stalls, kids entertainment, live music plus food and drinks on site. All are welcome and the MRA request that you bring a toy or game for the 10 to 14 year old age group.
More info: call (08) 8265 5388.