Lithgow’s toy drive is bringing Christmas joy to families in need

HISTORY: Santa’s helpers in 2015,Tony and Marion Lamb, Sussane Yeo, Lyn Ellery, Carol and John Farrar, Kevin McKinney, Tom and Rhonda Wilson, Peter Lamb, Dave Martin.
HISTORY: Santa’s helpers in 2015,Tony and Marion Lamb, Sussane Yeo, Lyn Ellery, Carol and John Farrar, Kevin McKinney, Tom and Rhonda Wilson, Peter Lamb, Dave Martin.

FOR more than two decades the Lithgow Ulysses Club and fellow members of the motorcycle fraternity have played an invaluable role assisting Lithgow family support agencies at Christmas.

This Saturday they hit the road again for the 22nd ​annual toy run collecting gifts to be distributed locally by the St Vincent de Paul and Salvation Army volunteers to families experiencing difficult times at Christmas.

It will truly be a case of rolling thunder for a worthy cause when the run sets off as usual from Cullen Street Portland at 10am Saturday.

There will be a stop at Wallerawang Bowling Club to collect donations before a convoy through Lithgow’s Main Street around 10.30am.

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The run ends at the State Mine Museum where the gifts swill be handed over to the charity organisations who have been receiving registrations for assistance.

As many as 70 motorcyclists or more from all walks of life have participated in past years.

All motorcyclists are welcome to participate.

Donations can still be made at collection points including the Bike Stop, Readers’ Heaven, Lithgow Glass, Bunnings and Wallerawang Bowling Club.

A spokesperson said the need for assistance is real and donations of gifts for all groups from infants to teenagers as well as non perishable festive food items will be welcome.

Cash donations can also be made at the Mine Museum on Saturday or at the Vinnies or Salvos stores.