Coffs locals cheer on toy run

Bosom buddies: Santa and ’Kiwi’ take in the sights at the end of the Harley Owners’ Group Toy Run.
Bosom buddies: Santa and ’Kiwi’ take in the sights at the end of the Harley Owners’ Group Toy Run. Bruce Thomas

THE streets of Coffs Harbour have resounded to the revving of motorcycle engines and good cheer in the lead-up to Christmas.

The annual Harley Owners’ Group (HOGS) Christmas toy run proved a popular spectacle on Saturday as residents turned out in droves to cheer on the passing parade.

As many as 200 motorcycle riders started out from the North Beach Bowling Club at Mylestom about lunch time and cruised up Pine Creek Way (the old Pacific Highway) before taking the Lyons Road turnoff and heading along 1st Avenue at Sawtell.

They then made their way along Hogbin Drive into Harbour Drive at Coffs Harbour and completed their journey at the Jetty Fore-shores where the participants were treated to a well-deserved sausage sizzle.

All toys, donations and gift cards will benefit the Salvation Army’s annual local Christmas appeal.

One of the riders, Geoff Sproule, has been involved in the ride for the past five years and he’s only too happy to help out, as is his wife, Hilda.

“This is open to all types of bikes and we have a big bike fraternity here on the Coffs Coast,” an enthusiastic Mr Sproule said.

“It’s nice to support a worthwhile cause and help out those who are less fortunate in our community.

“It also nice when people come out onto the streets to support what we’re doing.”

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