Mount Gambier Toy Run gets green light

TOY RUN: The 2021 Roundwood Solutions Limestone Coast Toy Run will go ahead once again this year with long-term supporters Nick White and Ty Davies alongside Roundwood Solutions managing director Stephen Telford and Baptist Care SA managing director John Merrett.

Charlotte Varcoe

CARS and motorbikes will join together in early November to raise awareness and funds for children in need with the 2021 Roundwood Solutions Limestone Coast Toy Run receiving the green light once again.

Similar to last year’s event, monetary donations will be accepted to assist in matching toys to children in need and to prevent hygiene difficulties.

Baptist Care SA area manager John Merrett said, since taking over the management of the event, the organisation has been able to provide assistance to over 1000 children and families.

“This has included families across the Limestone Coast including Millicent and Naracoorte,” Mr Merrett said.

“Each year we aim to raise $10,000 which provides approximately 350 gifts with a $30 donation able to purchase a long-lasting, quality gift.”

Mr Merrett said there were always families within the community struggling over the Christmas period with some needing to make the decision between paying the bills or providing Christmas gifts.

“We aim to take the pressure off and avoid even more worries during a time that should be a happy time for families,” he said.

“The Toy Run is such an uplifting event to be involved with and we are always overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the community, local businesses and volunteers.

“Throughout 2020, we did observe a small increase in the number of requests but also believe there are families out there that may not be aware of the Toy Run support and we strongly encourage those to come forward and contact Baptist Care SA or any other community service if they wish to receive that support.”

The annual parade will take place on November 6 along Mount Gambier’s Commercial Street, beginning at 12.30 with community members able to get up close to hundreds of cars and motorbikes afterwards at the railway lands.

Those wishing to make a donation, or to request a support form, are able to do so by contacting the Baptist Care SA office.