Collecting toys for a good cause

The Whyalla Toy Run has been a well-known tradition at Christmas time over the years, bringing joy to the less fortunate through the gift of toys.

This year’s event was no different, with Organiser Perry Zimmerman again leading a group of motorcycle riders to collect around 100 toys from the public,

“The satisfaction of helping the Whyalla community is good, the toy run is something all of the kids love. They love to see the motorbikes as part of the pageant,” he said.

“We don’t like a lot of fluffy toys for babies, that means the kids who are a little older miss out. We try to get little cricket or baseball sets they can use. That promotes healthy eating as well.

“We hope that it can keep going without any incidents, there’s no money involved, it’s all volunteer work.”

Each year the riders meet at the Whyalla Public Library and then head off around the town to collect toys which are put into a trailer.

The group then head down the main street, where the attendees and any groups participating in the Christmas Pageant are asked to put toys into the trailer. The trailer is unloaded at Centacare Catholic Country SA, who distribute them as part of Christmas Hampers for underprivileged families.

Mr Zimmerman said he always hoped to get more riders involved in the Toy Run. “Most people who get involved do enjoy it,” he said. Anyone looking to get involved in next year’s Toy Run should contact Mr Zimmerman on 0419 134 511.