More than 300 ride towards children’s charity goal
THERE was plenty of chrome and leather on display in Ballina on Sunday morning as more than 300 motorbike enthusiasts gathered to raise funds for children in need.
Great weather and a strong turnout would help to ensure the 34th staging of the North Coast Children's Charity Motorcycle Toy Run was a success, Ron Gaudron, president of the Northern Rivers Branch of the Ulysses Club said.
"We have been raising money and toys for the Christmas appeal since 1981," he said.
"So far this year we have 300-odd bikes, so it looks like it could be a really good year," he said.
All cash and soft toys collected on the day stay in the local area and will be distributed to Biala Special School, CASPA (Child & Adolescent Programs & Accommodation) and Wilson Park School.
The ride started in Ballina and then to Lismore via Goonellabah.
"We are doing it for the kids," Mick Dewit from Ballina said.
"It is good to let them know people are thinking about them," he said. "A bit of support goes a long way".
Monica Orgovanyi said she does a lot of charity rides. This one was all about "making the kids happy," she said.
"Hopper" from Lismore has been riding bikes for 44 years and joined the first Toy Run in Newcastle 37 years ago, he said.
Suzi Mould was till on her L-plates and on her first group ride.
Learning to ride a motorbike was the "best thing I ever did," she said.