CHRISTMAS is still many months away, but it is not too early to start thinking about others and supporting those in need.
During the past week, members of three clubs, the Eastern Riders, the Red Knights and Riders Evolution got together with Bobber Dave’s Custom Cycles, Traralgon, to launch the 23rd Gippsland Motorcyclists Toy Run.
Gippsland Toy Run co-ordinator Alf Vella said “the last couple of years were difficult enough for local families and that all would be better for 2022”, but this is not so.
“The Salvos and St Vinnies tell us that there are just as many families struggling to make ends meet as there ever was,” Mr Vella said.
“Many people are finding it difficult to pay for basic needs and are seeking support more than ever and this will be reflected in the coming Christmas period.”
Mr Vella is hoping the community will once more rise to the occasion and make the 2022 as successful as past years, with members already starting to collect toys at then conclusion of the 2021 Toy Run.
In the past three years, the clubs have topped $6000 worth of toys, an achievement they are very proud of.
If you would like to donate a toy there are already several collection points in Gippsland, with collection points at Melina Bath’s office and Russell Northe’s office, Bobber Dave’s Custom Cycles and the Erica Caravan Park.
You can also contact Alf and Stella Vella on 0434 618 689 to arrange collection.