Generating Christmas cheer and bringing hope to those who need it most this Christmas season is what the annual Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run is all about.
Supporting The Salvation Army for over three decades, the Toy Run attracts around 3500 local bikers and thousands of members of the community together to provide Christmas gifts, food and vouchers for those who need it most.
Last year, over $75,000 was raised in toys and donations, which was distributed to thousands of very worthy Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter underprivileged children.
Now in its 36th year, the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run is Australia’s oldest and longest running toy run, and 2014 is heading towards becoming a record year.
Howard Mole, Salvation Army Manager for Newcastle Community Services, says the opportunity to create Christmas cheer this year is more than he could have hoped for.
“We have some really great people on board this year, helping us drive the Toy Run and create more donations and more Christmas gifts for the children who really need it.
“Unfortunately there are many families in our region, and right across Australia, who can’t provide even a simple gift for their kids, or don’t have the money to put food on the table on Christmas day.
“It is for those people that the Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run and Salvos Family Fun Day is so important.”
Right across Australia, The Salvation Army will help over 300,000 people in need this Christmas season. Unfortunately, figures from a recent Salvation Army survey show 55% of people cannot afford to buy gifts for family and friends at least once a year.
The Salvation Army urge the Australian people to stop and consider others this Christmas.
CLICK HERE to make a donation at the Salvos site.