Club issues toys rallying call

03:03, Nov 27 2012
Marlborough Ulysses Club members, from left, Brian "Stumpy" Selwyn, Noel Duff, Mac Trilford, Murray Brooks, Ray Beard, Olive Duff, Evan Teale, Jane Laing and Alan Grant get ready for the club's annual Christmas charity toy ride.

The Marlborough Ulysses Club is encouraging people, even non-motorcyclists, to get involved in its annual Salvation Army Toy Ride.

The fourth annual ride will take place on December 15 collecting toys and money for the Salvation Army Christmas appeal.

Ride organiser Jeff Atkinson said riders from around the West Coast, Christchurch and Nelson were among the 200 who took part in last year's event.

However, the club was keen to encourage more Marlborough people to get behind the cause either by joining the ride or by donating toys.

While anyone entering the ride must bring along at least one toy to donate, Mr Atkinson said anyone could donate toys or money on the day at Blenheim School, where the ride would finish.

Along with a vanload of toys collected from last year's ride the club also raised $500 for the appeal, which went towards providing Christmas presents for underprivileged children in Marlborough, he said. "There's a huge need out there so if anyone wants to bring toys to the school that would be great."

Fellow club member Jane Laing said the ride was a huge buzz and it was heartwarming seeing the donations at the end.

The ride will run from the Woodbourne Tavern, in Renwick, to Blenheim School and will include a route through the Blenheim town centre, and Mr Atkinson said people could also get involved by simply coming out to watch the riders on their route, which will start at 1pm.


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