Riding for the kids again

00:00, Nov 28 2013
Toy run
JINGLE BELLS: Alvin Johnston dressed as Santa for last year's event.

Tinsel-decked motorcyclists bearing gifts will be roaring past a street near you on Saturday.

The 28th annual toy run will see about 300 riders from across the Nelson Tasman region gather to pool a pile of presents for needy families and children.

Salvation Army Nelson communities ministry manager Jill McKnight said she hoped to deliver presents to upwards of 1000 families and children across the region this year.

Motorcyclists will gather at Richmond's Papps car park, off Cambridge St, from 10am and leave at 11am before heading through Richmond, up Salisbury and Waimea roads and into passing through Trafalgar and Halifax streets before halting at the Trafalgar Centre car park.

Residents were welcome to flag down a Salvation Army van following the cavalcade and donate presents, or take them to the Trafalgar Centre car park, where they would be greeted with a festive atmosphere complete with children's activities, a coffee cart and a Christmas tree.

Ride organiser Ulysses Nelson president John McDonald said they were trying to make the iconic event a more social occasion.

The public would have the chance to view the bikes at the Trafalgar Centre car park, and even sit on some.