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Cape Town Charity Toy Run
Join big-hearted bikers in brightening up the holidays for children across the country
Don’t be alarmed if, on Sunday, 29 November 2015, you spot hundreds of gleaming Harley-Davidsons, lightning-fast Ducatis and more big machines snarling through the streets of the Mother City.
It’s all part of the 33rd annual Cape Town Toy Run, a motorcycling charity event that sees dozens of bikers collect teddies and toys with which to delight and surprise children in disadvantaged communities over the festive season.
This kick-gas fundraiser is about doing good but also about discrediting the bad reputation that many bikers have been unfairly saddled with.
Some 65 000 motorcyclists in 18 cities and towns across the country take part in the annual Toy Run. The Cape Town leg of the run starts at GrandWest Casino, as well as the Tokai Shopping Centre, at 10:30am, from where the bikers carry the toy donations to the William Herbert Sports Ground on Rosmead Avenue in Wynberg.
The Toy Run makes for a spectacular show and the public are encouraged to watch the procession from designated viewing spots.
At the end of the route, bikers gather at the sports ground for a big celebration, which the public are invited to join. The admission fee is a toy, so no toy means no entry but toys are available for purchase on the day and cash donations are also most welcome. The prestigious Concourse d ‘Elegance bike show will once again feature at the grounds, and superbike, classic bike, rat bike and bonsai-wheeled scooter owners are all invited to enter their boneys into the competition.
Visitors can also enjoy a beer garden, food stalls, motorcycle displays, exhibits of motorcycle accessories and jewellery, and shop for merchandise and memorabilia at the end-point event. Celebrated South African comedian Kurt Schoonraad will be providing live entertainment while the Coca Cola Big Rig mobile sound stage, sponsored by Peninsula Beverage, will host three popular blues and rock ‘n roll bands to get the party going properly.
As the Spur Foundation is one of the main sponsors of this year’s event – BMW Motorrad is the other – visitors can look forward to a number of Spur menu favourites form the Spur kitchen truck, which will be on site. Spur have also ensured that children can have the same fun as at one of their restaurants with a kids’ play area at the event under the supervision of 10 dedicated Spur staff members.
If you’ve never taken part in the Toy Run end-point celebration, go out and buy a few toys and support this worthy cause. All toys collected for 2015 will be distributed before the end of the year; no toys are kept aside or stored. Last year’s Toy Run donated over 23 300 toys to needy children around the Western Cape.
SUGGESTED DONATIONS FOR THE 2015 TOY RUN IN CAPE TOWN
Every year, the Toy Run collects thousands of soft toys suitable for young children but there is a growing need for gifts for older kids. Age-appropriate gifts for teenagers include:
- Sports equipment (cricket sets, basketball hoops, soccer balls, tennis balls, rugby balls, etc.)
- Costume jewellery
- Craft kits
- Toiletries and make-up for older girls
- Puzzles and board games
- Fun stationary, drawing and art supplies and equipment
- Books (to be distributed to libraries rather than individual children)
Please note: No toy guns of any kind will be distributed.
RAFFLE FOR THE 2015 TOY RUN IN CAPE TOWN
This year, the Toy Run is hosting an exciting raffle with prizes up to the value of R200 000! The grand prize is a brand new BMW R-Nine-T Motorcycle so it’s definitely worth entering and crossing your fingers. Raffle tickets are available via Quicket.co.za and at the door on the day. They cost R100 per ticket, and prizes include the bike, a stay for two people at the beautiful new Tulbagh Hotel, a motorcycle cruise for ten people, a giant bear and other exciting things. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday, 22 December 2015 and the winners will be drawn on Wednesday, 23 December 2015. The judges’ decision is final and T’s and C’s apply.
RULES FOR THE 2015 TOY RUN IN CAPE TOWN
- No unlicensed riders and vehicles are permitted, and traffic officials will be on duty to enforce these rules
- Pillions do not need to be licensed but normal road rules apply. No children under 16 years of age are allowed to ride pillion
- All conditions, laws and requirements of the Road Traffic Act must be adhered to as normal
- No private person has been given permission to collect toys or funds in the name of the Toy Run; if you wish to donate but cannot attend, please contact the organisers directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
- All riders and passengers must wear motorcycle helmets
- While blankets and chairs are allowed at the William Herbert Sports Ground, no alcohol, food or private cooking stations will be allowed and organisers reserve the right to confiscate these items
- Keep to the parade speed of 60km/h during the procession
- Overtaking during the run is not permitted
- Riding motorcycles inside the William Herbert Sports Ground venue is NOT permitted
- No ‘doughnuts’ or wheelies at any time en route
- No alcoholic beverages or private catering to be brought into the William Herbert Sports Ground
Please note: Bikers participate in the Toy Run at their own risk; organisers and affiliated parties are indemnified of any and all liabilities.
MORE ABOUT THE TOY RUN
The first Toy Run took place in 1982 when a few leather-clad road hogs looking to challenge their rebel reputation by putting smiles on the faces of disadvantaged children during the festive season got together for a ride. Today, more than 30 years later, the annual November event has evolved into a mass movement that sees bikers from close to 20 cities and towns across South Africa take to Mzansi’s roads on the same day every year.
Today tens of thousands of bikers from every corner of the country collect more than 100 000 toys before the Toy Run to distribute on the day. When the big day comes around the bikers adorn their rides with everything from dolls to dragons. The collected toys are distributed to the various centres in Cape Town to as far afield as Windhoek and Walvis Bay in Namibia.
Every year thousands of children in more than 300 orphanages, shelters and hospitals around the country have a brighter Christmas than they would otherwise. At the same time this initiative proves that many burly bikers are just big teddies themselves.
You don’t have to own a motorcycle to take part, rent a Harley-Davidson for the day and join in on this awesome experience.
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