Bikers take part in 2013 toy run

SE bikers proved they have hearts of gold on the weekend when they took part in the 2013 Christmas Toy Run.

About 45 bikes gathered at the Shell Service Station in Naracoorte on Saturday morning ready to hit the road and bring a bit of festive cheer to disadvantaged children.

When the group reached Penola there were about 180 in the convoy before finishing up at Valley Lake in Mount Gambier with 300.

Ulysses Motorcycle Club member and ride coordinator Tony Ziemlanej said he was very happy with how it all went.

"It was a good turnout," he said. "We had heaps of little toys - about a trailer and a ute load worth.

"I would like to thank the Naracoorte police, toy run committee members Roy McEwen, Gerry Kroon, Father John Deer and Dale Gilmore and everyone who helped along the way.

"If it wasn't for the people who donated toys it wouldn't be possible."

St Vincent de Paul in Mount Gambier was responsible for distributing all the toys to those in most in need of a bit of festive cheer.

Tony expressed his gratitude after receiving a generous donation of toys from a Naracoorte man who was standing around the service station before the riders left Naracoorte.

"He was an older man and gave two quite large boxes of toys to me," he said.

"I would like to give him a toy run badge. It touched me and really touched my partner who was quite emotional about it."

If the mystery man was you, or you know who he is, Tony would love you to get in touch on 0438 872 551 so he can express his personal thanks.

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