On the run to gather toys for needy

TOYS of all sorts will soon be the silly season's headline act when the Dubbo Toy Run winds its way through town.

Christmas reindeers will take form as motorbikes and be accompanied by Ulysses Club members and the general public on Saturday, December 8.

Dubbo and Western Plains branch of Ulysses Club Inc president Rob Humphries said, weather permitting, they expected a big turnout in 2012.

"Last year we had over 140 bikes ... we're hoping for 200 bikes and more people (this year)," he said.

The club will donate all toys from the run to the Salvation Army as in previous years and give gold coin donations gathered from riders to State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.

"They'll (SES) be handling the traffic control and volunteering their time, at least 12 to 15 of them," Mr Humphries said.

As for toys in the spotlight, Mr Humphries noted children of all ages would be receiving them.

"Traditionally there's stuffed teddy bears, so we're never in a shortage of those," he said.

"Last year I bought a football and the kids' eyes light up with it and all that, I'd like to see a variation (in donations)."

Those giving their time to take part in the run will be in store for a great morning which will start by gathering at the Visitor Information Centre car park from 9am.

The toy run parade will begin at 10am going through Bligh, Bultje, Macquarie, Talbragar and Brisbane streets before finishing in Church Street by the Cyril Flood Rotunda.

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