It’s become the biggest event of the year.
Riders formed a winding river of roaring horsepower on Highway 4 Saturday, stretching the goodwill of the holiday season from now right through to Christmas.
The 32nd Annual Port Alberni Toy Run brought thousands of toys for needy children at Christmas.
From the toy run’s start at Little Qualicum Falls, to its end in Port Alberni, people lined the streets waiting and cheering for riders to arrive.
“The good that these people do for the families of Port Alberni is absolutely amazing,” said toy run chair David Wiwchar. “It started off as eight guys picking up some toys and going for a ride in December in 1985 and it’s grown to 1000 bikes. 1463 is our record. We’re the biggest fundraiser in Alberni and a must-go-to on every biker’s calendar on the Island.”
Gerard Jansen says the needs is great: “Unfortunately, though we live in the best place on earth, there are many families that struggle.”
Since 1985, the Toy Run has raised almost two-million dollars for local children’s charities. Riders come from across BC, Alberta, and the Pacific Northwest.