Toy run organisers reach out after Banksia collapse

ORGANISERS of the Bendigo Motorcycle Toy Run are calling for donations after they lost money in the Banksia collapse. 

Event co-ordinator Ossie Mason estimated $1800 had been lost in financial group’s collapse. 

The Allies Motorcycle club has provided funds to cover the cost of the Bendigo toy run – scheduled for December 1 – and Mrs Mason has called for donations for the raffle on the day. 

“I was horrified because I had all the badges ordered, but we are fortunate enough to have members of the community to contribute,” she said. 

President of the Allies Motorcycle club Tony Warhurst said they had been raising money all year for this event and they were happy to help out. 

“If the public are willing to help with donations it would help us get back on our feet again,” he said. 

“We have been in this partnership for nearly 20 years, but support from the community is perhaps most needed this year.” 

Mrs Mason said last year’s run raised close to $7500 and they were looking for a similar figure this time around. The money raised from toys and gifts at the raffle is changed into IGA food vouchers which are given to St Vincent de Paul. 

Conference member for St Vincent De Paul Jim Austin said the financial problems would not dampen the spirits of event organisers. 

“Losing the money was a severe blow and we are really grateful they are going ahead with it. They are to be commended for that,” Mr Austin said. 

The ride starts at Lansell Plaza in Kangaroo Flat at 9am on the Saturday and will finish at the rowing club end of Lake Weeroona in Napier Street. For information on donating towards the raffle, call Ossie on 0417 325 199 or Tony on 0408 590 118.

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