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Gifts on bikes make a difference to sick children

Chris "Kooka" Wilson is looking forward to the toy run.
Chris "Kooka" Wilson is looking forward to the toy run. John Gass

BIKERS may be tough looking and rather intimidating but many have hearts as big as their Harley Davidsons.

The men and women who possess these big hearts are invited to sign up for the inaugural On Track Toy and Charity Bike Run on December 9.

The event aims to raise funds and collect gifts and toys for people in the Tweed and Gold Coast who are living with disability, mental illness, sickness, homelessness or insecurity.

First to join the effort was Harley Davidson owner 'Kooka' who has plenty of experience of these types of events as he rode the lead bike during a similar Salvation Army toy run which featured on the charity calendar until two years ago.

"I've been doing this sort of event for the last 15 to 20 years.

"Until two years ago, I helped Peter Ford organise and run the Salvation Army toy run.

"We used to get about 150 to 200 riders join in and hope to get a similar number this time," Kooka said.

On Track, a community based organisation which focuses on supporting people with mental illness, disability or employment and accommodation difficulties, hopes to bring some joy to children and parents in need.

On Track RePsychler's Op-shop Supervisor Peter Hewitson said the organisation aimed to collect money and new toys and gifts to hand out to children and their parents at Tweed Heads and Robina Hospitals.

"We hope to get a lot of new items because people in these types of situations often get given old hand-me-downs and we want to give them some brand new stuff, for a change.

"It just makes it that little bit more special," Mr Hewitson said.

The Gold Coast Harley owners group (HOG) has already joined the effort with its 35 bikers signing up for the big day and organisers hope to match previous events' number of about 200 riders.

Participants will gather at the Morgan & Wacker Harley Davidson shop on the Gold Coast at 10.00 am and split into two groups to visit Robina and Tweed Heads hospitals.

Following the ride and hospital visits, the bikers will meet at Kirra Hill community centre for a barbeque and presentations.

Anyone interested in joining or making a donation can contact Peter Hewitson on (07) 5536 2537 or 0417 626 981.

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