30th Anniversary of the Hawke's Bay Twin Cities Toy Run

Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child & Family Care celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Twin Cities Toy Run on Sunday 13th November.

The Toy Run is organised by Birthright Hawke’s Bay every year. The bikers each bring a child’s toy by way of entry fee, which is then wrapped up for Christmas and give to the children of families Birthright Hawke’s Bay is working with at Christmas time.

Trevor Adsett, Chief Executive of Birthright Hawke’s Bay says, “For some children, it’s the only present they will get.

“This idea has been kept alive for 30 years now by motorcyclists in Hawke’s Bay and beyond for the joy of giving at Christmas time.

“It’s a really neat concept and the bikers really get into the spirit of the event. It’s also a chance for many to catch up with old friends and people they haven’t seen for a while before Christmas.” 

The Toy Run which was started by Richard Finnimore and Peter Hammond in 1986. They saw other areas in New Zealand doing similar things around Xmas time and so thought it would be a good idea to do something like a Toy Run in Hawke’s Bay, while bringing various motorcycle clubs from Hastings and Napier together for a good cause.

This year, there were over 230 motor bikes travelling in convoy from Hastings out to Havelock North and onto Napier.

Trevor says, “We were delighted that both Richard and Peter joined us for the 30th celebration – it’s really important to keep those links with history and the people who support children and families in Hawke’s Bay.

“Birthright Hawke’s Bay is very proud to be able to organise and run this event, which brings so much happiness to children and families at Christmas time.” 

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