Charity bikers reveal 'pussy cat' inner selves

Last updated 12:45 10/12/2012
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FESTIVE SPIRIT: Fraser Magee dressed as Santa rode on the back of Graeme Wallace’s Goldwing motorcycle at the front of the ride from Richmond to Nelson on Saturday for the Toy Run.

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Biker Bear and his owner were among hundreds of "pussy cats" who revved their motors for the Ulysses Club of Nelson's 27th annual toy collection.

Motorcyclists from Nelson, Westland, Buller, Marlborough and Canterbury took part in the Toy Run on Saturday.

The riders had gifts strapped onto their motorbikes for the Salvation Army to distribute to the region's children.

Nelson's Ulysses branch co-ordinator John Macdonald described the event as "Christmas on two wheels".

The convoy left Richmond at about 11am and travelled through Stoke and along Trafalgar St in Nelson to the car park at the Trafalgar Centre.

Mr Macdonald said the motorbikers were "not tough guys - they're all pussy cats. It [the Toy Run] brings everyone together for a good cause. It's absolutely brilliant".

Ulysses member Alvin Johnston took part with "Biker Bear" strapped to the front of his Harley Davidson. It was his fourth Toy Run, and he had a fake beard on and a Santa hat strapped onto his motorbike helmet.

"It's going to be a warm ride," he said.

Mr Johnston said the Toy Run was a great event as it brought all sorts of riders together, from Harley fanatics and Triumph purists to BMW enthusiasts.

"Everyone comes together, and that's the way it should be," he said.

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- The Nelson Mail

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