Annual Toy Run on for November 30

By Jared Prestwidge

ULYSSES Club Echuca and St Vincent de Paul are teaming up once again for their annual Toy Run on November 30.

The event, which is held across the country, was created to raise support and awareness for underprivileged children over the Christmas period.

This year’s ride will involve volunteers making the journey from Bunnings Echuca to donation box locations in Lockington, Kyabram and Tongala before settling at Rochester Hotel for a sausage sizzle, raffle and presentation.

The raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses with all money raised going to St Vincent de Paul.

300 toys and $3000 were raised last year and co-ordinator Rob Hearn said he was confident they could do one better in 2019.

“There’s plenty of young people in our area who are doing it tough and living on the street and won’t really have a Christmas,” he said.

“If we can give just one person a meal, it’ll be all worthwhile.

“And you know the money is going to a good cause.”

Donated toys must be new or in pristine condition and no wrapping is required.

Anyone with a registered motorcycle and licence are also welcome to join in on the ride.

For information on your closest donation box, contact Rob on 0418 122 752 or Mick on 0419 514 824