An annual toy run held by the Bordertown Harley Owners Group in Lloydminster is hoping to raise more funds this year for local charities.
The eighth annual toy run collects toys and cash donations for one day that will go to KidSport Lloydminster, the Community Youth Centre and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chairperson for the toy run Guy Dudding says the toy run is centred around Christmas, but the donations are used for all sorts of things.
“The cash it goes to the three major children charities and they use it not necessarily for Christmas but they use it for the ongoing programs that they run all year.”
Some donations will also be given to Ronald McDonald House in Edmonton and Lloydminster. The past seven years the run has raised $369,000 with $68,000 raised last year in addition to $5,000 in toys. Dudding says the money and toys raised has been growing every year and this year looks no different.
“The way it’s looking right now on the corporate side we’re ahead of the game. It’s now going to come down to weather. If we have good weather on the 15th of September we’ll have good participation. If we don’t that’ll hurt us.”
The day will start out with a pancake breakfast, there will be a parade through the city on highway 16 and a cabaret in the evening to close the event. The toy run will be held on Saturday, September 15.