Bikers show hearts of gold

GRANNIES and children lined the streets to see 316 motorbike riders travel from Ballina to Lismore with bright orange Elmos and teddies strapped to their bikes.

Santa said it was ‘a very hot drive but the riders waved all the way’.

Yesterday’s toy run meant children in need will have presents under their Christmas trees.

Organiser Ron Gaudron said the Northern Rivers Ulysses Motorcycle Club had organised the annual toy run since 2006, but the event had a long history, with the first run held in 1981. “You ride a bike and donate toys to a good charity,” he said.

The car park next to the Lismore City Library was packed with revving bikes and riders stripping off their hot leather jackets as quickly as they could.

Alstonville’s Sue and Geoff Quinn wore matching outfits and won best-decorated bike.

Even the teddy bear strapped to the back of their Spyder bike wore a black biker jacket.

Will McMillan, of Coraki, was the founder of the toy run. This time he rode the BMW that he rode in the original run.

“Everyone was dead keen when we started. We had 140 members in Lismore then,” he said.

While he has had three major bike accidents on the racetrack, it hasn’t deterred his love of motorbikes.

The toys will be taken to Lismore’s 2LM radio station and delivered to children in need.

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