Revving engines for charity

Tyrone Williams with his bike, a Can-Am Spyder, at last year’s toy run. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

Motorcycle riders are invited to bring their machines down to Papamoa Plaza this Sunday to take part in a good cause.

The annual Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club toy run will be taking place, with hundreds of riders expected to depart at 11am for Tauranga Hospital.

Club president Marius Swanepoel says the tide is about collecting funds for the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter and St John Ambulance.

“We will gather at Papamoa Plaza from 9.30am on Sunday for registrations, before leaving at 11am and travelling along the highway to Maungatapu, then to Welcome Bay, up to Barkes Corner, and then down Cameron Road to the hospital.”

The ride is expected to take around 40 minutes, and coincides with an open day for the rescue helicopter and St John.

“Anyone with a motorbike can come along. Basically we ask all riders to buy a toy run badge for $10, which also gives them a lucky draw ticket for some donated prizes,” says Marius.

Riders are also able to bring toys to gift to the children at the hospital, whom the riders will visit once they arrive.

Last year more than 200 motorcyclists took part, although Marius says they’ve cracked 300 in the past.

For more information about the Tauranga Ulysses Motorcycle Club, visit their website.


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