MEDIA RELEASE - 7th December, 2014
Toys, teddy’s and other gifts flooded into Hobart’s Parliament Lawns yesterday, all going towards making Christmas a special time for so many Tasmanian’s who might otherwise go without. The annual MRA Toy Run again attracted a huge array of motorcyclists and onlookers, with The Salvation Army receiving one of the most generous responses to its Christmas Appeal in many years.
Organised by the South Motorcycle Riders Association, motorcyclists first converged on the Derwent Entertainment Centre in readiness for the event, and then headed for Parliament House lawns where Salvation Army staff and volunteers received the gifts, toys, food and donations that the riders generously carried with them.
President of South Motor Cycle Riders Association Peter Dixon said, “The Toy Run went really well. We have been impressed with the turnout, especially seeing so many people who aren’t riding supporting the event.”
“To come down the Brooker Highway, into the CBD of Hobart and see all the spectators waiting was incredible. And the efforts of the riders to stay safe was good to see as well.”
Captain Craig Wood, Communications & Fundraising Secretary for The Salvation Army said, “Again the motorcycling community have just astounded us with their generosity. From all over Tasmania they came, North, North-West and South, and happily they gave to us so we could make Christmas special for so many people.”
Over $11,300 was donated in cash and gift cards, the most generous response in the Toy Runs history, and tow 2-tonne trucks were filled with toys to be distributed across Tasmania over the next two weeks.
Members of the public who wish to donate gifts and food items to the Salvos can still do so at any Salvation Army centre, or monetary donations can be made on 13 72 58, or at www.salvationarmy.org.au
For further information or media comment please contact:
President, South MRA
0400 116 140
Captain Craig Wood
Communications & Fundraising Secretary, The Salvation Army
(03) 6228 8422 or 0402 256 318