Santa in toy run

03:31, Dec 15 2012
Santa and his helpful elves gather presents for sick children
Santa and his helpful elves gather presents for sick children

In Christchurch, Santa rides in a green 1969 Dodge Polara Convertible driven by Crusader Joe Moody.

This was the third time Daryl Morris had dressed up as Santa Claus to deliver presents to young patients at Christchurch Children's Hospital as part of the annual 6 Fellas Christchurch Hospital Toy Run.

"When we go up into the hospital some of it's sad and some of it's happy," said Morris.

"Most of the little ones are scared at first but they come around. The older ones are a bit stand-offish. They think it's uncool to like Santa until we come up with a present for them."

Sometimes he made the mothers cry, but for the "right reasons".

The event had evolved from a car run on the last Friday of every month which had aimed to reclaim the city from boy racers and show people what responsible car owners and real cars were like.

"In 2010, the last Friday of December fell on New Year's Eve," said organiser Jeff Berry. He had co-founded the event with Morris. "We thought we would do something for charity, and Daryl said 'how about we do a toy run?'"
Berry expected about 200 cars and motorbikes to come to the event this year. "Last year we had about 230."

Each vehicle would have at least one present inside.

The entourage of cars and motorbikes drove to Christchurch Children's Hospital to deliver the presents.


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