Tweed Hospital childrens ward patient Sean Labudiong with OnTrack's Trevor Shearn, Hospital Executive Director Bernadette Loughnane, On Track's Leone Crayden and RN Kathy Bush.
Tweed Hospital childrens ward patient Sean Labudiong with OnTrack's Trevor Shearn, Hospital Executive Director Bernadette Loughnane, On Track's Leone Crayden and RN Kathy Bush. Blainey Woodham

Toy Run brings smiles to children’s faces

ON Track Community Programs has brought smiles to the faces of local children after donating $500 each to the Tweed Early Intervention Service and Tweed Hospital children's ward.

The donations come after the conclusion of On Track's second annual Toy Run.

On Track executive manager of business development Cliff Hawkey said the Toy Run involves members of the community donating money, before toys are purchased for children and families in need.

"After we buy the toys, any leftover money goes to donations," Mr Hawkey said.

He said the event was run with the help of Gold Coast HOG (Harley Owners Group), who delivered the presents to children with Santa in tow.

"It's an opportunity for us to generate community interest," Mr Hawkey said.

Mr Hawkey said donated gifts would mean a lot to some families, who can find Christmas to be a tough time of year.

Mr Hawkey said On Track would be looking at continuing the Toy Run each year, as it is a great asset to the community.

"It's very much about improving the strength and connectedness of families and communities," Mr Hawkey said.

"That's what On Track is all about, that community connectedness."

Mr Hawkey said after the main Toy Run on Sunday December 8th, they delivered toys to families in need at a barbeque at Kirra Hill Community Centre.

"We delivered toys to a number of other families in need," Mr Hawkey said.

He said the families supported by the event were affected by a range of issues, from economic struggles to homelessness and mental illness.

"It's a great community event," Mr Hawkey said.



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