Toy trek through town
A GROUP of bikies rolled in to town on Sunday to bring cheer to children in need.
The South West Queensland Ulysses Club organised a toy run in Charleville, with all donations going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
SWQUC member Jim Beck penned the idea to promote motorcycles in western Queensland and give back to a vital charity such as the RFDS.
"I just wanted to promote motorcyclists in a positive light within our region,” he said.
"I thought the toy run would be a great cause to support.
"I thought if we had six motorcyclists take part we'd be lucky but we had a total of 19 join in on the ride.
"Which to me, as it was our first time doing the run in Charleville, was a remarkable turnout.”
Mr Beck said they had one motorcyclist travel out from Mundubbera and others from Muckadilla, Blackall and Tambo.
"It was really well supported by the town,” he said.
"People from all walks of life and all socio-economic backgrounds pitched in and donated toys.
"We met at the service station and then went out to the RFDS base and donated a whole swag of toys.
"We even had someone follow us in a car and donate three shopping bags of toys.”
Mr Beck said the toys would be brought along when the RFDS did their fly outs to remote properties and distributed to children along the way.
He hoped to make the toy run an annual event and continue donating to the RFDS.
"I would also like to thank the Evening Star Tourist Park in Charleville as they gave us free accommodation and everything we needed during our stay at cost price, all because we were donating to the RFDS.
"It was really amazing.”
Mr Beck thanked the Charleville police for providing an escort for the toy run and everybody who got behind the cause.
He also encouraged anyone interested to join the Ulysses Club and help promote safe motorcycle riding in the west.
Those interested can join up and be a part of the country's largest social motorcycling group.