Big boys and their toys for the Salvos

NUMBERS were down at the annual toy run held on Saturday but over 50 presents were still collected for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Around 25 motorbike riders and three cars took place in the annual Ulysses and Automotive Enthusiasts Toy Run.

Now in its 17th year the bike and car enthusiasts take part in a ride across Orange that winds up at the Robin Hood Hotel for a barbecue.

Orange Salvation Army captain Greg Saunders met the men and women as they pulled up to deliver their presents.

“We give toys out to families that are in financial difficulty ... this is just one way we target families,” he said.

Captain Saunders said 125  families were helped thanks to last year’s toy run.

“The assessment is based on their financial need and if things are tough for the family this is one thing we can do for them,” he said.

Captain Saunders said there were a couple of children who received presents last year thanks to the appeal that would not have received one otherwise.

“They make a difference and the whole thing about Christmas is giving,” he said.

Ulysses Bike Club of Orange secretary Karen Fuller said people came from Orange and Cowra to take part in the ride.

“It’s to help the children and give them something to look forward to,” she said.

Mrs Fuller said she was not sure why participant numbers were down this year

“I think a lot of people have other commitments and people are time poor,” she said.

“It’s a bit disappointing but we can only do what we can do.”


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