Christmas fun revs up at Albany bikers’ toy run for Salvos

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Father Christmas arrives at Albany Town Square.
Camera IconFather Christmas arrives at Albany Town Square. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

The streets of Albany roared with festive cheer on Saturday when more than 250 riders took to the streets for the 34th Albany Bikers Charity Toy Run, raising more than $5000 for the Salvation Army.

Organised by the Albany section of the Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA, riders from across the South West and Great Southern took off on a 30-minute, 22km ride winding through town.

The toy run supports the Salvation Army's Christmas Funds Appeal.
Camera IconThe toy run supports the Salvation Army's Christmas Funds Appeal. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

Riders not only raised more than $5000 cash but gathered hundreds of dollars worth of gift cards, toys, games and toiletries to contribute to hampers for Great Southern families doing it tough this Christmas.

Vintage Motorcycle Club of WA Albany section chair Paul Armstrong said the day went off without a hitch.

Hundreds of riders took part in this year's toy run.
Camera IconHundreds of riders took part in this year's toy run. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

He thanked Albany police for controlling traffic and the volunteers who ensured things ran smoothly.

“It’s not about setting records for motorcycles or records of people taking part it,” he said.

“It is about setting records for how much we can donate to the Salvation Army Christmas Funds Appeal, that is what it is all about.

“That money stays in the Great Southern to prepare hampers for the needy at Christmas.”

Father Christmas arrives at Albany Town Square.
Camera IconFather Christmas arrives at Albany Town Square. Credit: Liam Croy / Albany Advertiser

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