The Toy Run is an annual charity drive organised with the purpose of collecting toys for underprivileged children just before Christmas every year. The event started 27 years ago when a group of 76 bikers drove to a children’s home to deliver some toys. It has grown into a national event with over 65 000 bikers taking part in 19 runs across the country.
Simon introduced me to the Toy Run about 3 years ago, and while I’m definitely not a “biker chick” there’s something very special about the run. It is quite a contrast to see the big, burly, leather-clad bikers with fluffy toys strapped to their helmets, bikes and jackets. And it’s the one time of the year that you’ll find every different type of motorcycle taking part in the same event, regardless of any of the politics that seems to exist within the biking fraternity.
The 2010 run saw thousands of bikers in Cape Town literally stopping traffic while they made their way from Ratanga Junction / Ottery Hypermarket to Maynardville Wynberg. To give you an idea of the scale of the run, the first people to start from Ratanga junction had arrived at Maynardville and probably had drinks in hand while the last of the group were still trying to get out of Ratanga.
So… if you’ve never done it before, make a plan to go this year. It’s definitely something you have to see to believe!