Around 20 motorcyclists, many sporting Christmas decorations – on themselves and their bikes – arrived in Bega bearing gifts on Saturday.
The annual Sapphire Coast Motorycle Toy Run saw bikers from across the region travel from Bermagui and Pambula through to Bega, collecting toys and gifts to be included in the Bega District News and Merimbula News Weekly Christmas Toy Drives.
It was a spectacular day for riding and the smiles on the motorcyclists will soon be shared by those who receive the toys collected by them along the route.
While numbers of bikers were down a little on last year, the pile of gifts had grown.
The toys have been added to the BDN and MNW office Christmas trees in the appeal’s final days.
As of December 20, the gifts will be collected by Bega’s Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Anglicare groups to be distributed to their clients in time for Christmas Day.
A selection of appropriate donations will also head to the children’s ward of the South East Regional Hospital.
The appeal is also appreciative of the support from Bega Lions, Rotary and the Sapphire Coast Ulysses Motorcycle Club, which facilitated the weekend’s ride.
As in previous years, the generosity of the community has been overwhelming, with countless items destined to bring smiles to the faces of children and families right across the district.
The community is reminded if they wish to donate, please place new, unwrapped items suitable for children of all ages under our office Christmas tree before Monday, December 19.