MRASA Toy Run 2011

MRASA Toy Run 2011

- 33rd Toy Run 2011 -
Sunday, December 11th

Article from The Weekender Herald...

Toy Run Coming To Callington
by Jarrad Delaney

The sight of thousands of motorcyclists roaring up the freeway trailing tinsel and bearing toys may seem bizarre, but every year Father Christmas comes to town on two wheels in the form of the Motorcycle Riders'  Association's Toy Run.

For the past 32 years, the Toy Run has brought happiness to many families at Christmas time.This year's  Toy Run will be a little different as for the first time, the event will start and finish at two new  venues.

The Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia has hosted the event in early December every year since 1979, when motorcyclists from around the state come together to donate toys for St Vincent de Paul to give to families in need at Christmas.

Since the event started the MRASA have hosted a motorcycle run where the motorcyclists travel from Glenelg to a charity event in Hahndorf. An average of 10,000-12,000 riders turn out for the event each  year.

But this year is different as the Toy Run will now begin at Victoria Park and finish in Callington.  Safety concerns about riding through Hahndorf and traffic delays have prompted the change in venues.  Safety is always the main concern with organisers, with the safety of riders and pedestrians the main  priority when planning the event.

The MRASA says the route will be about 10 minutes longer this year but will be a more enjoyable ride with less traffic hold ups.

The MRASA's Toy Run Coordinator, Harald Lindemann, said there was a lot of interest from towns in the Adelaide Hills to hold the end of the run.

"When people found out the Toy Run wasn't going to Hahndorf anymore, we had offers from quite a number of places to hold the end of the run," he said. " We chose Callington because it had a big oval and is on flat land which will provide easier access for people."
The MRASA is now calling for volunteers for the event as the work has been important in ensuring the smooth operation of the event.
For the Toy Run, volunteers fill rolls such as marshalling and setting up and packing away stalls and  tents. Marshalls are required to undergo traffic control training by SAPOL.

Mr Lindemann expressed the importance of volunteers for these rolls. "Volunteers are always needed for the Toy Run and it is better to have more than we need," he said. "It's a worthwhile cause and the volunteers will be helping to bring joy to many families at Christmas time."

The new Toy Run route looks to be a permanent change for the event, one which the MRASA is confident will bring further success to this annual event. For everyone involved, the Toy Run is one of the most rewarding ways to bring happiness to those in need at Christmas time.

For more information on the Toy Run or to become involved as a volunteer, contact Harald Lindemann on  0421 289 714

Article ID: MRAC11

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