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Annual toy run returns

CHARITABLE motorcycle enthusiasts and riders from Cairns and the Tablelands will get together on Sunday 19 November for an annual toy run, raising money and collecting donations for the Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.

The annual toy run is organised by the Cairns and Tablelands Recreational Motorcyclists Group (CTRMG) and now in its ninth year.

Participants from across the Far North ride together collecting toys and donations for the Salvation Army’s annual Christmas appeal.

The toy run will start from Harley Magic at 385 Sheridan St, Cairns North with registration from 8am in preparation for the start of the ride at 9.30am.

The ride will go through Regis at Redlynch before heading up to the Speewah tavern for coffee, then down to Macalister’s Brewery at Smithfield arriving around 12.00pm for a show and shine.

CTRMG spokesperson Steve Bailey said everybody was welcome to join the toy run.

“This year we are hoping to make this the biggest toy run yet,” he said.

“The event is open to all makes and models of bikes, entry is free and all we ask is that riders bring a small toy or something for underprivileged children that we can donate to the Salvation Army.”

Harley Magic Cairns general manager Tim Marks said it was a privilege to be involved in a charitable event like the annual toy run.

“We are proud to be associated with the annual toy run, as everyone knows the Cairns Motorcycle community have very big hearts,” he said.

“Even people who can’t make the ride can drop toys and donations into the Harley Magic shop as we are a designated drop off centre.

Macalister’s Brewery owner Rob Callin said the car park at Macalister’s would be open to only bikes on the day.

“Gates open at 12, just in time for the bikes to arrive,” he said.

“We will then have a bike show and shine happening during the day, there’s also a food truck and live music happening from 12 – 3pm

“Bikes of all makes and models are welcome, there’s also great prizes to be won on the day for the best cruiser, road bike, off road bike and best bike on the day.

“Entry is via gold coin donation or a small toy for the Salvation Army Christmas appeal.”

Keep up with the latest news in Cairns and the Far North, and check out some of our top stories this week: Christmas charity dinner success and RDA board positions open.

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