Bikers Toy Run brings joy to children

SHOWING LOVE: The KWT Lions Club International members at the Bikers Breakfast Toy Run held at the Malcom Andrew Sport Centre last Sunday Picture: AMANDA NANO

The annual King William’s Town Lions International Club’s Biker’s Breakfast Toy Run took place at the Malcom Andrew Sport Centre in KWT on a nippy and rainy Sunday.

The breakfast takes place in November each year and is designed to bring joy to children in the area.

“This is for the children in hospitals and homes and for us to share the love and Christmas festivities with them. “We often take simple things for granted and it helps that we drive this kind of initiative with the community’s help,” Lions coordinator Mornay Russell said.

Steers King William’s Town provided eats for the children of Keiskammahoek Child and Youth Centre. Picture: AMANDA NANO

Attending the event were children from the Keiskammhoek Child and Youth Care Centre, which houses 38 children.

Centre fundraiser Thabisa Mavakala said they were grateful to be included in the day.

“All that matters to us is the children’s happiness and we are grateful they got to experience that today.

“Some of them are orphans, some come from child-headed households and some have been abused,” Mavakala said.

One major challenge the centre is faced with is the need to build a new home. The children have been housed at a section of SS Gida Hospital in Keiskammahoek since 2002.

“We do have a site but our challenge is to now build the new centre. We are making all the efforts to knock on doors for funds but we have been unsuccessful so far. I can be contacted on 083486-1068 for anyone who may be able to assist,” she said.

Activities for the children on the day included an egg and spoon race, a sack race and they also had the opportunity to take a ride on a motorcycle.

Various motorcycle clubs came out to support the event including the Scorpions, BlackRock Rebels, Road Eagles, Midnight, Ulysses, Buffalo City Riders, Motor Mecca and Tribal Cats to name a few.

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A few biking enthusiasts and individuals such as John Ewers and Heintz Tessendorf came through from East London to support the event.

“We love biking and to support events such as the toy run,” they said.

The breakfast run has been held for the last three years at the centre. The Lions Club also thanks all those supported the event.

The club will host its first big calendar event called Race Around The Ruins in March 2020.


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