THE 2023 toy run conducted by the Cairns and Tablelands Recreational Motorcyclists Group (CTRMG) has been hailed a massive success and the largest run to date with over 150 riders participating.
The charity ride took place on Sunday 19 November and started at Harley Magic on Sheridan Street before the riders went to Speewah Tavern for coffee, raffles and presentations.
The riders then went back down the Kuranda range, meeting at Macalister Brewing Company in Smithfield to continue the day with a charity bike show and shine.
So far over $1600 dollars has been raised for the run with more toys and donations expected over the following weeks.
CTRMG Spokesperson Andrew Moss said this year’s toy run was the biggest ever.
“Last time I counted we had just over 160 bikes, which is a new record,” he said.
“The Queensland police were a real help on Sunday, they made the ride run smoothly by blocking off some roads for us.
“We also rode by the Regis aged care facility in Redlynch, where the residents were very happy to see us.”
Harley Magic general manager Tim Marks said it was another great response from the local community.
“As always, the motorcycle riding community of Cairns and the Tablelands came together to raise funds and donate toys to the Salvation Army and several other local charities,” he said.
“We would especially like to thank the Queensland Police for helping with the traffic and keeping all the riders safe.”
Macalister Brewing Company owner Rob Callin said the great atmosphere from the run carried over to the show and shine at the brewery.
“The car park looks amazing when you have over 160 of the best bikes in Far North all in one place,” he said.
“We also want to thank everyone who donated a new toy or cash on the day for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.”
Salvation Army Cairns Major Ben Johnson said events to like the toy run make difference to lives of locals who may be struggling over the Christmas holidays.
“The Salvation Army is grateful for the support of so many community organisations and businesses,” he said.
“Our work relies on the generosity of these donations and these gifts will make a huge difference to many local families.”
New toys and cash can be dropped off any time between now and Christmas to Harley Magic on Sheridan Street and also at Macalister Brewing on Danbulan Street – all donations will go directly to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.