More than 1,000 motorcycles rolled through Port Alberni last Saturday for the 39th annual Toy Run.
The official count, when all was said and done, was 1,100 bikes for this year’s event. The event also raised thousands of dollars for charity in cash and toy donations.
After the riders rolled through town, they joined in the games and a show and shine behind the Glenwood Centre. Toys were dropped off for volunteers to bag up. Children also had a great time with crafts and games, including a game of “Find the Potato.” Many also had their first-ever ride on a motorcycle.
The Langley Chapter of the Harley Owners Group once again made a sizeable donation of $2,700 to the Port Alberni Toy Run, accepted by chair David Wiwchar.
Clint Read also presented a donation of $500 on behalf of Power & Telephone.
The event was marred by a motor vehicle incident on 10th Avenue near the end of the run. Witnesses say a car turned left in front of a motorcyclist, resulting in a collision.
The rider, identified through a GoFundMe fundraiser as Ron Hilton, was taken to hospital. The fundraiser for his recovery can be found at www.gofundme.com/f/motorcycle-accident-recovery-for-ron-hilton.