Toys For Tots is on a roll

Each year, the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association takes to the roads to spread word of its Toys For Tots campaign. This annual event is not just fun for the riders – it’s quite the sight for any members of the public who happen to be out and about when the bikes parade through the districts. 

Look out on Sunday for a flash of color and chrome as they leave the Cayman Turtle Farm at 11 a.m. sharp to head for Rum Point in North Side. You’ll probably hear the engines before you witness the spectacle. 

Although the association, in conjunction with FLOW, has been collecting toys for some time now, there is still the opportunity for the community to donate to this worthy cause. Collection bins can be found around the island, including FLOW locations at Galleria Plaza, Anderson Square, Heritage Square and Countryside Village. There are also bins at Cost-U-Less, Book Nook and Subway locations. 

This particular toy drive has become so popular over the years that even corporate offices are joining in, so if you happen to be at Walkers, Maples, Saxon or Caribbean Alliance, you can donate in the bins displayed there as well. 

The toys must be new and unwrapped, and people are encouraged to buy for a range of ages – anything from infants up to about 16 years old. 

Bins will be in place until Tuesday, when they will be collected and the toys sorted so they can be distributed on Dec. 20 at the Lions Centre. More than 1,200 toys were handed out last year, and Keith Keller, president of the riders association, hopes that they’ll better that number in 2015. He certainly expects a good turnout for the ride on Sunday, as usually about 50 riders come out for the event. 

To make it even easier for shoppers to donate to Toys For Tots, there will be a live remote at Book Nook in Galleria Plaza on Friday from 5-6 p.m. and at Cost-U-Less from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. Just pop in, buy a toy, donate it, and you’re done! 

If you’re interested in joining in the ride or would like more information about Toys For Tots or the motorcycle association, call Keith Keller at 916-0088 or email [email protected]

Just get Santa as your pillion passenger and ride, boldly ride. – Photo: Chris Court