Toys to pile into Killarney

2017-11-21 06:01
Toy Run participants in a festive mood last year.PHOTO: colin brown

Toy Run participants in a festive mood last year.PHOTO: colin brown

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Excitement and, of course, the thrill of anticipation are building up among the country’s needy children as the time for the annual Toy Run draws nearer. This is South Africa’s biggest motorcycle ride with thousands of bikers expected to participate in events in all major cities this Sunday.

The Cape’s Toy Run begins when a huge field of motorcycles, a large proportion of them carrying a passenger charged with taking care of the gifts, sets off from either GrandWest or the Grand Parade in the city centre.

The GrandWest run starts at 10:30 and involves a ride of 22.7km. Since the riders setting off from the Grand Parade will probably have to contend with more traffic, they are due to start their 19.3km journey a half hour earlier at 10:00. Bikers are urged to adhere to the 60km/H speed limit and to refrain from overtaking during the run.

The two groups are expected to arrive at the Killarney International Raceway, where the function is being held, at about the same time. Once there, the toys will be unloaded into Toy Run trucks parked in the pit area for later distribution to poor homes, orphanages, hospitals, places of safety and needy communities.

An interesting coincidence sees the Toy Run, which is now in its 35th year, switching its finish to Killarney for the first time. Steeped in tradition and local culture, the motorsport centre is exactly double that age and is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary.

Offered to the Toy Run charity at no charge, Killarney is expected to provide the ideal finish for an event of this nature.

Once the toys have been dropped off – and you don’t have to be a rider or passenger for this – everyone is invited to the main event arena where a variety of entertainment will be available to everyone, with no shortage of seating inside and outside.

The arena admission fee is R30, with children under 14 admitted free of charge.

This area includes the clubhouse with its restaurant, bar and children’s playground.

There will be a VIP area upstairs for which tickets must be bought online at Quicket.

There will also be live music, as well as stalls and Bedouin tents offering food, clothing, souvenirs, motorcycle displays and many other items.

Safety and security services and a medical facility will also be available.

With the show only due to end at 16:00, it should provide an ideal venue for a relaxed Sunday outing.

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