South Taranaki Star
More than 200 bikers will be out in search of toys for children this Saturday.
The annual Round the Mountain Toy Run is on again in Taranaki with riders travelling 170km around the region.
Participant Bevan Soothill said the event was held every year by the BRONZ (Bikers Rights of New Zealand) group, and was an opportunity to give something back to the community.
Toys collected are given to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy families at Christmas.
The event has run on the first Saturday of December for about 30 years, he said.
"Participants meet at Ngamotu Beach New Plymouth, leaving at 10.30am."
They arrive in Hawera, via Waitara, Inglewood and Stratford, about noon for a barbecue lunch before heading to Opunake, and ending up at Oakura Hall.
"All proceeds raised from the barbecue go towards the Adopt-a-family project, whereby nominated families in our community receive a selection of groceries and presents for Christmas," Mr Soothill said. To enter, bikers must turn up with a toy, attaching it to their motorcycle before heading off .
‘Toys are not only for young children, but teenagers as well," he said.
People can also drop off clean toys to the Salvation Army, Regent St, Hawera, between 11am and 1pm.
To find out more about the Round the Mountain Toy Run call 06 765 8011.