Santa's army ditches sleigh for motorbikes on toy run
SANTA had fewer helpers for this year's Salvation Army motorcycle toy run for needy children but at least the number of gifts was up."We didn't have as many motorcyclists as previous years we only had about 15 bikes. Last year we had about 53 bikes," event co-ordinator Colleen Were said.
"But I think we got more gifts than we have in past years and that is the main thing."
About 100 gifts were donated, along with about $85 in cash.
Ms Were said she believed fewer bikes took part because a similar event was held on the Tableland on Saturday.
The gifts had been donated through various taverns and pubs in the Cairns area as part of Operation Santa Toy Run, which was held in Cairns for the sixth time.
Bikers set off from Gordonvale yesterday morning, heading to pick up gifts from collection points at Dunwoody's Tavern and the Palm Cove Tavern.
Ms Were said the Salvation Army would distribute them to the region's children in need in time for Christmas.
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Gift drive: Salvation Army motorcycle toy helper Nicole Were got into the festive spirit for the ride. Picture: TOM LEE