Far more jolly season for Toy Run

Carly LadenBroome Advertiser
Santa Claus and his trusty assistant lead the ride from Cable Beach.
Camera IconSanta Claus and his trusty assistant lead the ride from Cable Beach. Credit: Carly Laden

Christmas came early for a group of disadvantaged children when Santa Claus and the Roebuck Riders took to the streets of Broome on their annual Toy Run.

About 30 bikes, trikes, cars, buses and trucks came together to ride from Cable Beach to The Drop-In Centre on Dora Street and gift toys to the town’s disadvantaged children last Saturday — three months ahead of the traditional December run.

The Roebuck Riders were joined by the Broome police, the Kimberley DFES Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Broome Men’s Shed and the local community.

Organiser Andy Bubb said the ride was all about bringing presents to the underprivileged kids in town.

“It’s a bit of a social ride around Broome but it is all for a good community cause,” he said.

“We decided to have this year’s Toy Run in September because it’s just too hot in December.”

“In the past, we’ve had a lot of trouble with cars and bikes overheating.

Mr Bubb said bringing the Toy Run forward did not just benefit the vehicles.

“Bringing it forward also allowed the charity groups that get involved to have time to get the presents together to beat the traditional Christmas rush,” he said.

“It also gives them time to figure out how they want the toys to be distributed.”

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