Riders get ready to participate in the 30th annual Toy Run.

Riders get ready to participate in the 30th annual Toy Run.

Rider hit the roads in Prince Rupert for annual Toy Run

For the 30th consecutive year in a row, the Prince Rupert Harley Riders Club held the local Toy Run event on Saturday, October 1, where members of the community fundraise money and collect toys for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper.

For the 30th consecutive year in a row, the Prince Rupert Harley Riders Club held the local Toy Run event on Saturday, October 1, where members of the community fundraise money and collect toys for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper.

As usual, the poker run took place in the early afternoon, when over 50 riders showed up in front of the Salvation Army to begin the event. During the poker run, riders drove to several locations around town, some to pick up cards for a round of poker and some to eat and socialize. Riders stopped at the Prince Rupert and Port Edward Fire Halls, Breakers Pub, and more.

Later in the evening, members of the community gathered for the annual Toy Run Dance, where those attending paid admission to get in and donated a toy.

Unfortunately the amount of money raised from the dance and the number of toys collected could not be obtained as of press time. Look for more on the 2011 Toy Run in the coming weeks.

The first Toy Run event was held in by a small group of bikers in the Lower Mainland who wanted to do something nice for children who were underprivileged. Today, the Toy Run takes place in communities all over North America, collecting Christmas toys and funds for the Christmas Hamper Program.