Christmas toy trek: The Ulysses Club hopes to fill a van with toys for children this Christmas. Picture: Jeff de PasqualeThe thundering sound of motorcycles will reverberate through Macarthur streets next month, as the Ulysses Club hits the road for their annual Charity Toy Run.
Around 100 members of the local social club for motorcycle riders over 50 years of age will travel together with a police escort from the McDonalds at Narellan to Koshigaya Park in Campbelltown, dressed up in their Christmassy best.
The members all buy toys for donation to the Salvation Army to help families out at this festive time of year.
Ulysses Club member Dot Lechner said the toy run has been an annual fixture for almost 15 years.
‘‘Quite a few years ago now we came up with the toy run in a meeting as a way of doing something in the community,’’ she said.
‘‘I work within in the community as a volunteer and I saw that there was quite a need at this time of year.’’
Ms Lechner said members of the public were more than welcome to bring along their own toys for donation when they undertake the run on Sunday, December 6.
A van will be at the McDonald’s location ahead of the groups departure at 9.30am to collect toys from the public.
People can also donate gifts to the van when the convoy reaches Koshigaya Park around 11.30am, where they will finish with a barbecue.
‘‘If people are coming to donate we ask that the gifts are new and unwrapped,’’ Ms Lechner said.
‘‘This way the Salvation Army can place the right gifts with the right children.’’
Ms Lechner said the Charity Toy Run was so important as it allowed underprivileged children to enjoy a gift at Christmas when they otherwise might not have been able to.
‘‘They are so many families not as lucky as ours, and it’s great to give something back at Christmas.’’
The Ulysses Club Macarthur Branch will complete the Charity Toy Run on Sunday, December 6 from 9.30am.
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