The Overberg Toy Run® will once again take place on the 24 November 2019.
Riders will gather all over the Overberg area and join a mass ride to Stanford for a day of live music, great food and cold drinks.
The event calls for all spectators and riders to please bring toys for the less fortunate - let's make the festive season a little more special for them.
Riders will leave Hermanus to join Caledon, as well as Gansbaai to join Bredasdorp. We will come together and form a mass ride into the wonderful village of Stanford.
The public is invited to come and watch the riders from around 10am on the village green (Market Square).
Ample tents, as well as seating will be provided.
The Toy Run® started in 1982 and this year will mark 33 years of motorcycle-charity.
Starting points are as follow:
- Hermanus Whale Coast Mall Wimpy: Run leaves at 8:30am, to Caledon via Hemel and Aarde, meet up with Caledon bikers.
- Caledon Wimpy: Run leaves at 9:30am.
- Gansbaai Wimpy: Run leaves at 8:30am, via Elim to Bredasdorp to meet up with riders from there.
- Bredasdorp Wimpy: Run leaves at 9:30.
- Run ends in Stanford on the Village Green.
- Refreshment stalls, food stalls, bike stalls, live music - all will be there for you after the ride. Just bring toys, that’s all!
Bikers and non-bikers (anything on wheels) are welcome.
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In the planning for this years Overberg Toy Run, we have had some very interesting and relevant feedback from the charities responsible for the distribution of the toys collected at our annual event. Please take a moment to read the following.
Although hugely grateful for all the toys donated by each and every one of you, the charities responsible for distributing the toys have urged us to please consider the following when buying toys for this year's event.
- No guns of any kind, not even water pistols. With gangsterism being such an issue we simply cannot hand out guns. Also, a lot of these toy guns shoot some sort of projectile - we certainly don't want to run the risk of children being injured in any way.
- No battery-operated toys - there is simply no money in their homes or institutions to replace the batteries, so the toys are short lived.
- No pool toys - most of these children firstly don't have access to swimming pools and are generally unable to swim.
- Fluffy toys - it would be appreciated if those huge teddies are not purchased - for the same amount of money you could rather buy 3 or 4 smaller ones which are easier to distribute. We understand why you do it, but the distributing charities are presented with a problem. Imagine going into an orphanage with 30 children - you can't give 5 children huge teddies and the rest small teddies. Children in those situations are quite envious of what other children have and it causes heartache.
- Preferable toys: Just normal toys - dolls, cars, balls (hugely popular), outdoor playthings, crayons and colouring books, books for reading (age appropriate), stationery items and so on. There has always been a wonderful variety in the past.
Once again, every donation is appreciated no matter how big or small but we hope you can now realise what a dilemma the charities are sometimes faced with. It really makes you think of the impact the toys make to the children.
Thank you for your understanding.
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