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    READY TO ROLL: Horsham Salvation Army officers Chris and Tracy Sutton promote the 20th Annual Salvos Charity and Toy Ride with, from left, David Ross, Lester Stehn and Andrew Squires. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Riders ready for annual toy run

Regional motorcyclists will gather on Natimuk’s Main Street on Saturday morning to ride with a police escort to Horsham to support the Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.

This year’s Annual Salvos Charity and Toy Ride, involving riders on a variety of machines, will focus on disadvantaged children across the district.

It also marks 20 years for this ride and organisers are hoping for a great turnout of motorcycles and support.

Part of Horsham’s Kannamaroo Festival, the event will start with riders gathering in Natimuk from 9.30am to 10.30am.

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Ride co-ordinator Jenni Papst said support for the ride had grown annually and now included ‘wonderful’ support from Natimuk’s A and P Society, which prepared egg and bacon rolls with coffee for riders in Natimuk.

“Natimuk and Horsham police Highway Patrol have always been great supporters of the annual ride and will again lead the group, following a 10.30am briefing, from Natimuk into Roberts Place in Horsham, arriving about 11.10am,” she said.

Lieutenant Chris Sutton from Salvation Army Horsham said every year riders supporting the event ‘go the extra mile’.

“We purchase gift cards for teenagers with cash donations and the quality of gifts for younger recipients has been fantastic,” he said.

Mrs Papst encouraged riders to get into the spirit of the event by decorating themselves and their motorcycles.

“A prize will be awarded for best effort; you really do need to tie that tinsel down, however,” she said.

People willing to support the Salvo’s Ride by riding in the event or visiting Roberts Place on Saturday morning can learn more on the ride’s Facebook page,

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