Hundreds of motorcyclists will rev up for the annual Toy Run next Saturday.
Nelson's Ulysses branch co-ordinator, John Macdonald, said motorcyclists from Westland, Buller, Marlborough and even Canterbury join with Nelson riders to pick up gifts for distribution to the region's children by the Salvation Army.
"The aim is to give gifts to the needy, and the Salvation Army follows our convoy to collect toys from people on the roadside," he said.
"There is always a huge turnout of bikes and spectators alike, who line the streets to watch and support the appeal. It really brings out the wonderful community spirit."
It will be the 27th year of the toy collection.
"It is not just about Ulysses members, but about anyone on a motorcycle, trike, spyder or scooter who wants to join in.
"Many people decorate their motorcycles and dress up. It's Christmas on two wheels, fun in the name of a very good cause," Mr Macdonald said.
The public can donate their gifts and look at the bikes when they assemble in Cambridge St, Richmond at 10am, with the convoy leaving at 11am to go through Richmond's town centre, Stoke and along Trafalgar St in Nelson to the car park at the Trafalgar Centre.
- The Nelson Mail
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