Motorcycle toy drive roars into action this weekend

When you think of bikers, Hell’s Angels spring to mind rather than Angels of Mercy, but bikers on motorcycles, mopeds and scooters will be spreading Christmas cheer as they participate in the 5th annual Motorcycle Toy Run on Sunday, 12 December.

The event, sponsored and supported by 95.5 CAYROCK radio station and LIME, will be encouraging the public to donate gifts for children in need.

The ride will head out from the Turtle Farm’s parking lot at 11am, following registration starting at 10am. Led by the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association, participants will ride the length of Grand Cayman collecting toys, relying on the generosity and support of the local community.

Last year saw more than 55 riders rode for the cause and collected more than 150 toys en route. Riders are encouraged to bring their toys for donation along with them.

The station’s programming director, Ron Bowen, said: “With the season of giving upon us, we hope to receive the incredible support that we have enjoyed in previous years. This event relies on the generosity of the people of Cayman – it is a community effort to ensure that the less fortunate children of Cayman do not go without during the holiday season… Not only is the cause itself an admirable one, but there is also such a sense of camaraderie in the day, and we hope to see a lot of familiar faces out there, and new ones alike.”

He urged residents to listen to Cayrock for further details.

The route

Participants will travel the length of West Bay and Seven Mile Beach, continuing through George Town and South Sound, with a pit stop in East End for a water break before looping around to the final destination, Driftwood Bar & Grill in North Side, for a barbecue at 1pm.

Open to all, the ride costs $10 to attend; food, drinks and music will be provided, as well as the opportunity to drop off toys.

CIMRA President, Keith Keller, said: “This is an event that our association holds very close to our hearts – there is nothing more rewarding than ensuring that all the children of Cayman are taken care of. It is important that we come together as a community and take a stand to ensure that no child goes without. Obviously riding is a passion of ours, so the opportunity to combine riding and bringing smiles to kids’ faces – this is something we look forward to each year.”

All toys donated will be handed over to the Lion’s Club of Grand Cayman in time for their annual Christmas function which takes place on Sunday, 19 December, at the Lions Centre.

LIME’s Marketing Manager, Julie Hutton, said: “LIME is committed to doing our part to be a contributing member of the local community, and this event is one that we are particularly proud to be associated with. In the spirit of the season of giving, we hope that the people of the Cayman Islands continue to show the admirable support that they have in the years gone by.”

The events organisers said that they were seeking new, unwrapped toys for Cayman’s less fortunate children, ages two to 13.

Donations are being collected at LIME stores in Anderson Square, Countryside Village, One Technology Centre, and Galleria Plaza, any Dunkin’ Donuts or Reflections location, Cayman Custom Cycles, Cost U Less, all CUC locations, Driftwood Bar & Grill and dms Broadcasting Centre.

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