Men’s Shed members, Mike Stuhmcke, Bill Vierveyzer, Neil Stephenson, Carin Thompson, Alec Waldron and organiser, John Finnigan preparing for the Maranoa Motorcyclists Toy Run.
Men’s Shed members, Mike Stuhmcke, Bill Vierveyzer, Neil Stephenson, Carin Thompson, Alec Waldron and organiser, John Finnigan preparing for the Maranoa Motorcyclists Toy Run.

Eighth annual Maranoa Motorcyclists Toy Run on Saturday

EIGHT years ago, John Finnigan and two of his mates struck up an idea to brighten up children's Christmases, all by revving around Roma.

The annual Maranoa Motorcyclists Toy Run is being held again this Saturday, where the motorcyclist community get together to spread Christmas cheer to disadvantaged children.

"We saw on TV that they were having motorcycle toy runs in other places and it was about the time that motorcycle gangs were considered bad news," Mr Finnigan said.

"So we thought it would be the perfect way to improve our image, while doing something good for the kids."

For the first time, members of the Men's Shed have handcrafted wooden toys to donate to the children, with some taking as long as four weeks to complete.

"It's been great to have the Men's shed involved in making some toys to donate, as I'm sure the younger children will really love them," Mr Finnigan said.

"The community is always really great with getting behind the cause. We couldn't have done it without Ladbrooks butchery, Bakearoma, Roma Clay Target Club and Woolworths who all generously donated and our sausage sizzler Harry Donaldson."

Between 20-50 bikes are expected to burn some rubber on their run around Roma, before finishing at Clay Target Club where representatives of Anglicare Children's Services will accept the gifts and arrange distribution to needy children in time for Christmas.

"Every year I say to Anglicare, do you want us to do this again? And they say oh yes please, so we will keep it going as long as they want us to," Mr Finnigan said.

If you're interested in joining the motorcycle run, assemble outside Bassett Park at 8am on Saturday to leave at 8.30am for the run as a group.

If you would like to donate a gift, head to the Clay Target Club on Saturday just after 9am.

Leave your toy unwrapped as it makes it easier to be allocated to a child of matching age, which may be from newborn up to school leaving age. If you prefer, a gift voucher from Target, Toyworld or Woolworths up to the value of $20 are helpful, especially for the teenagers.


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