Santa's motorcycle helpers take to streets

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 09/12/2013
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MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE
CHARITY RIDE: The Timaru BRONZ (Bikers Rights Organisation NZ) ran its 27th Annual Toy Run Appeal on Sunday.

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Toys and motorbikes go hand-in-hand in South Canterbury at this time of year.

Twenty-seven motorbike riders took to the district's streets yesterday collecting toys for the 27th annual Toy Run Appeal.

The Christmas initiative, organised by the Biker's Rights Organisation New Zealand (Bronz), was a great success, South Canterbury co-ordinator Morris Jones said.

"We ask for good second-hand toys and that's good, but quite often people [make] an effort to buy a brand new one."

Collection points were made in Pleasant Point, Cave, Fairlie, Geraldine, Temuka and Washdyke where people could drop off items. This year's donations filled a "built-up" trailer, he said.

Riders were also given cash and non-perishable items for the cause.

All items have been delivered to the Timaru Salvation Army and will be distributed to families in need this Christmas. The Timaru Bronz club gave $100 to the cause.

A similar sized monetary donation was also given to the appeal by the Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine Motorcycle Club. Another $100 was donated by members of the public.

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- The Timaru Herald

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