PE Toy Run revs into 24th year of helping children

2015-11-25 06:23
The Toy Run, an annual charity event supported by the biking community, will take place on Sunday, November 29. Seen here are Robert Colley and his wife Maronett from the Christian Motorcyclists Association who will participate in the event. With the

The Toy Run, an annual charity event supported by the biking community, will take place on Sunday, November 29. Seen here are Robert Colley and his wife Maronett from the Christian Motorcyclists Association who will participate in the event. With the

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HUNDREDS of children are to once again set to benefit from funds raised through the 24th Port Elizabeth Toy Run, an annual charity event supported by the biking community, taking place on Sunday, November 29.

The main event of the PE Toy Run weekend is the bikers’ mass ride and after party. The starting point is at Hunters Retreat Hotel, Kabega Park, departing at 10am en route through the city to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Annually the event seeks to reach as many as 5 000 children.

The eight beneficiaries in the Metro that have been selected this year are ACVV Kamvalethu in Korsten; Missionvale Care Centre’s new school; Sebenza Embroidery (Despatch); Tand’ Dusana in Newton Park; Walmer Angel Projects; Masimanyane Day Care in Despatch; Piet Retief Primary in Sidwell and Care Ministry in Uitenhage.

“The raising of funds to support the chosen charities would not be possible without the generous sponsors who contribute towards our raffle draw, the means through which we raise the majority of the funds that benefit the many children we reach out to,” said Tony Halket, Chairman of the organising committee.

“Equally important is the public who support our raffle ticket sales and the bikers who attend the annual Toy Run mass ride event and donate toys on the day,” said Halket.

This Saturday the committee and supporting motorcycle clubs will also host a party for 350 underprivileged children from invited children’s homes and care centres.

“This is made possible with the backing of generous sponsors and donors. Children get to feel the joy and love of the business community and citizens who care for them. The delight on their faces each year makes all the hard work of fundraising extremely heart-warming,” said Halket.

Businesses and the public are encouraged to come forward with any donation/sponsorship - no matter how big or small - in making this year’s event a success.

Donations of toys can be dropped off at Klinicare Pharmacies.

Raffle tickets are R5 each with a chance to win prizes to the value of R38 000.

Raffle tickets can still be bought at the starting point at Hunters Retreat Hotel in Kabega Park on Sunday. There will also be a truck where toys can be dropped off.

To purchase raffle tickets contact Andre Potgieter at 082 770 9495. For more information contact Cathy Schwarz at 082 922 8624.

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