Toyruns around Australia
The first Toyrun
was held by the San Fernando Valley Charter of the Hells Angels in America 1973. That first run, 200 bikes escorted two truck loads of toys from Griffith Park to Los Angeles city hall. A week after the first toy run in El Lay, a couple of clubs in Bergen, New Jersey named the Skyway Riders and the Travelers held their own toy run. “A number of residents here were terrified” the New York Times reported, “But the worst never came. There were no gang fights…or the assorted other crimes depicted on television.”
Suddenly, people liked us. They really, really liked us. And, if you listened hard enough you could hear bikers all over Amercia thinking, “What a great idea!”
Toy runs popped up like mushrooms. The next year, 1974, there wasn’t a biker’s rights organization or an outlaw club in America that didn’t sponsor a toy run. By the time Harley-Davidson invented its own club, the Harley Owners Group (HOG), in 1983 the toy run had become an institution.
In 1978 the MRA began their Toyrun with a small band of riders that met in Albert Park to pass on toys to the Salvation Army
in Melbourne, more than 500,000 motorcyclists have taken part, as the Toyrun phenomenon spread to communities across Australia.
There are toyruns happening all around Australia, use the pull down menus on the right for the one closest to you! They are welcome to all riders, their familes and friends. The Victorian Motorcycle Council hopes all riders will attend and support as many toyruns as possible and remember that this is all about the kids and those in need. Have fun!
Click on the State links on the right to find your local Toyrun. If you know of one that's not listed here, please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure it's included. Listings are free!