Rally: hundreds of PMB bikers help to collect toys

2008-11-16 00:00

THE mention of bikers usually calls up images of Hell’s Angels, bad attitudes, violence and mean tempers.

However, when hundreds of bikers from different riding clubs in and around Pietermaritzburg gathered in the city centre yesterday for their annual Toys for Joy rally, they were anything but mean.

According to founder Mervin Koekoemoer, the event is open to anyone who enjoys bike riding and contributing positively to society.

He said the Toys for Joy bikers’ only reqirement to take part was to donate a toy or cash.

Koekoemoer said the pleasure of bringing joy to many children who probably have never had a toy in their lives is his biggest motivation.

“There are so many children who have never owned a toy in their lives, and the plan is to try and reach as many children as possible, and with the increased participation that seems possible.”

Although the Toys for Joy rallies happen in many provinces, with Durban hosting the main KwaZulu-Natal rally, the local riders were excited about yesterday’s rally.

Rudi van Wyk of the Iron Maiden riders’ club believes their contribution will be more visible as the local charities from Pietermaritzburg will benefit directly.

“The reason we have this rally is to assist the local charities. With the main rally in Durban local charities hardly ever benefit. With this one children in this city will benefit,” said Van Wyk.

The bikers rode from Pietermaritzburg to Midmar Dam in Howick where family fun games for the children were arranged and where the toys were handed over to the 13 charities the rally supports.

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