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    TIME FOR GIVING: From left, Horsham Harley-Davidson owner Brad Shilton and Horsham Salvation Army’s Chris and Tracy Sutton promote a COVID-friendly alternative to the annual Salvation Army Charity and Toy Ride. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Toy ‘drop’ replaces annual ride

The annual Salvation Army Charity and Toy Ride will look a bit different this year, with organisers adapting their appeal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, which celebrated 20 years in 2019, usually sees motorcycle enthusiasts ride from Natimuk via police escort to donate toys and gifts to Salvation Army’s Horsham corps.

The charity and toy ride is a highlight on the Harley Owners Group Horsham Chapter calendar.

Horsham chapter director Bopp Greenberger said the group had to make a call several weeks ago about whether the ride would go ahead. 

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He said due to evolving COVID-19 guidelines, and the need to organise street closures and a police escort, the group decided to change its approach this year. 

“We didn’t want to cancel it altogether, because it’s such a worthy cause, so we have decided to have a ‘toy drop’ instead,” he said.

Salvation Army members will be accepting donations at Horsham Harley-Davidson on Saturday, from 10am to noon.

“People can donate money, gift cards, toys – all the stuff they would usually donate – at Horsham Harley-Davidson,” Mr Greenberger said.

“It will be a COVID-safe event, people don’t even have to get out of their car. There will be Salvos reps on site and people can just pull up out the front and someone will come out and take the donation.

“Obviously a lot of people are doing it tough this year. “The Salvos are really under the pump and would really appreciate some help – I encourage people to consider making a donation on Saturday.”

Salvation Army Horsham captain Chris Sutton said he was grateful the Harley Owners Group would continue to support the annual appeal despite pandemic conditions.

“We really appreciate everything the motorcycle club does and we encourage people to come down and donate toys and money on Saturday. We use the money to buy gift cards to give as presents,” he said.

Mr Sutton said anyone who would like to make a donation but was unable to attend Saturday’s event could drop into the Salvation Army office at 12 Kalkee Road or call 5382 1770.

– Sarah Matthews 

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