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Lowveld Toy Run collects thousands of toys for charities

The Lowveld Toy Run, part of a national initiative where motorcyclists donate toys for less-fortunate children, was held over the weekend in Nelspruit.

Although the local event is much smaller than the Toy Runs held in Gauteng, the support of the event is no less enthusiastic.

The gathering point was at Crossing Centre and the 173 motorcycles, festooned with toys, set off in convoy at 10:30, heading for the end venue at BMW Mbombela.

The entry fee was a toy, toiletries, stationery, or non-perishable food.

“We followed a scenic route, because we want to show as many people as possible that the biking community truly cares about children and those less fortunate than us,” says Bernadette Woodford, organiser of the Lowveld Toy Run.

“The Lowveld Motorcycle Safety Initiative (LMSi), Hi-Tech, ADT Fidelity, ACS, Divergent Ops, Techno Security Force, Mbombela Concerned Citizens, and Emer-G-Med assisted in marshalling the convoy route, keeping the 173 bikers and their pillions – and the toys – safe.

“The 173 bikes brought 2 918 toys to the Toy Run,” says Bernadette. “We also had a raffle in which you could win a brand-new Hero scooter, donated by Freedom Motorcycles. We managed to raise R53 755, and all of this will go to charities.”

The B&B Project, Goat ’n Hare, The Acoustics and DJ Rad-E-Meyer provided live entertainment at the end venue.

“We want to express our thanks and appreciation to every business and organisation that supported the Lowveld Toy Run. BMW Motorrad Mbombela sponsored the end venue, and this worked very well. “BidFoods supplied a truck to collect the toys. Our official photographer, Karina Wessels, recorded the day for us.”

All of the photos used here were taken by Karina Wessels. See more of her work here on Facebook.

Bernadette said the motorcycle community will start the distribution of the toys and other donations on Saturday 16 December.

One comment on “Lowveld Toy Run collects thousands of toys for charities

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    Russell 1st Dec 2023 , 7:52 am

    Sad for me how this, and many other events that donate to the less fortunate, appears to be supported only by sertain sectors of our wonderful population,. where is the support from the others? Together, we’re stronger!


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