Motorcyclists rev up for toy run

Santa Clause cruises through the streets at last years hugely successful Toy Run.
Santa Clause cruises through the streets at last years hugely successful Toy Run.

On the first Saturday of December the streets of Port Augusta will be lined with motorcycles —and stuffed toys— as the Saltbush Motor Cycle Club’s annual Toy Run returns. 

Over 150 riders from the region are expected to take part in the event during its 34th year. 

With all proceeds going directly to the Salvation Army in Port Augusta, Saltbush Motor Cycle Club President Steve Laister said he is proud of their long-standing relationship.

“When this event started, we were the first group to run a toy run in a non-metropolitan city. We were keen to organise an event where the local community benefited directly without proceeds disappearing to the capital cities” he said.

“The Salvos do such amazing work in the community, we are proud to continue the tradition”.

Mr Laister said the fun event was also a reminder to the community that motorcyclists are more than a stereotype.

“Motorcyclist are lovely, generous people,” he laughed.

“It’s all for the cause but it’s also, maybe in part, to show the community that motorcyclist aren’t all that ridiculous image that we’ve got – which is a long way from the truth.”

Manager of the Salvation Army’s Community Services Program Scott Cugley emphasised the importance of the Toy Run as the biggest community event in the city.

“We support a few hundred people over the Christmas period and we couldn’t do it without the help of the Saltbush Motor Cycle Club,” Mr Cugley said.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community but in particular, the Saltbush Motor Cycle Club and its individual members. They really make a difference to the lives of so many this time of year”.

LOCAL FACE: Mike Kosonen of ARTC has been involved in the Toy Run for many years.

LOCAL FACE: Mike Kosonen of ARTC has been involved in the Toy Run for many years.

Donations reached almost 600 toys last year and with the Australian Rail Track Corperation jumping on as major sponsors for 2017, this year is tipped to be just as successful.

All motorcyclist with roadworthy bikes are encouraged to meet at Pastoral Lawns at 10am on December 2 for the event to get underway.

Donations can be made at Pastoral Lawns during the week or immediately prior to the run and will be donated to the Salvation Army around 11.30am in Homestead Park.

This year’s route:

  • Pastoral Lawns
  • Highway 1
  • Flinders Tce
  • Commercial Rd
  • Tassie St
  • Young St
  • Eyre Highway
  • Bond St
  • Cobbin St
  • Addison Rd
  • Stuart Highway
  • McSporran Cres
  • Hurcombe Cres
  • Cole Cres
  • Chinnery St
  • Stokes St
  • Mellor St
  • Burgoyne St
  • Flinders St
  • Forster St
  • Carlton Pde
  • Racecourse Rd
  • Harris St
  • North Tce
  • Great Western Plains Rd
  • Progress Ave
  • Mosely St
  • McConnal Rd
  • Edinburgh Tce
  • Whiting Pde
  • Elizabeth Tce
  • Margaret St
  • Hospital Rd
  • Stirling Rd
  • Stuart Tce
  • Carlton Pde
  • Cain St
  • Bailey St
  • Barry St
  • Power Cres
  • Clontarf St
  • Seaview rd
  • Homestead Park