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Port Alberni Toy Run chairman David Wiwchar stands with a special wrinkle dog from rider Tracy Carniel at the Toy Run dance on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley Newa)

QUINN’S QUIPS: A rider makes a poignant donation at Port Alberni Toy Run

Tale of Charlotte the wrinkle dog captures hearts at 38th annual motorcycle event

 

Tom Wall and his daughter Emma have been riding in the Port Alberni Toy Run together since Emma was five years old. They will take Wall’s Spyder on the 2022 run, Sept. 17. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Longtime volunteer Tom Wall ‘lives and breathes’ Port Alberni Toy Run

Annual motorcycle event kicks off at noon Saturday, Sept. 17 at Little Qualicum Falls

 

Michelle Butt points to the back of family friend Diane Kumagai’s Daniel Butt memorial ride shirt, which Kumagai updated on her own. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

GIVING BACK: Daniel Butt’s family, friends keep his memory alive with annual ride

Late Port Alberni teen cyclist loved annual Toy Run, which benefits from ride fundraiser

  • Jul 30, 2022

 

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
(Jacqueline Gelineau/ Capital News)

Okanagan bikers are trading in their leathers for pink shirts

U.B.A.K.A is raising funds and awarness for victims of bullying

(Jacqueline Gelineau/ Capital News)
Kevin Grimes on his motorcycle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni runner raising funds for friend after motorcycle crash

Dave Nesbitt attempted to run almost 100 kilometres

Kevin Grimes on his motorcycle. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Bikes travel up and down Argyle Street in Port Alberni for the Port Alberni Toy Run on Sept. 18, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni’s 37th annual Toy Run draws 412 riders

Community members and visitors make donations

Bikes travel up and down Argyle Street in Port Alberni for the Port Alberni Toy Run on Sept. 18, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Toy Run returns Sept. 18 with modified look

Riders will be able to participate in more events for 2021 depending on health orders

Port Alberni Toy Run president David Wiwchar says the 2021 festivities will happen on Sept. 18–19, 2021, with the ride through the city on Saturday and the poker run for participants on Sunday. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Firefighters and police on scene at a motor vehicle incident involving a motorcycle along the Alberni Highway in Coombs on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Firefighters and police on scene at a motor vehicle incident involving a motorcycle along the Alberni Highway in Coombs on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. (Mandy Moraes photo)
A motorcycle instructor going through a traffic cone course. (Photo courtesy of BC Traffic Services)

B.C. Traffic Services reminds drivers to share the road with motorcyclists

36 riders are killed in 2,400 crashes involving motorcycles on B.C. roads every year

A motorcycle instructor going through a traffic cone course. (Photo courtesy of BC Traffic Services)
Victoria real estate agent and motorcycle enthusiast Ron Neal. Lia Crowe photography

Secrets and Lives Interview with Ron Neal

Real estate agent has a passion for philanthropy, motorcycles and sports

  • Apr 21, 2021
Victoria real estate agent and motorcycle enthusiast Ron Neal. Lia Crowe photography
Alberni District Secondary School vice-principal Carl Poole, left and Melody Burton from the ADSS Breakfast Club accept a $2,000 donation from Port Alberni Toy Run members Susan and Tom Wall, David Wiwchar and Robin Klatt on Oct. 28, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni Toy Run helps fund high school breakfast club

Feeding youth in the Alberni Valley remains key to annual Toy Run

Alberni District Secondary School vice-principal Carl Poole, left and Melody Burton from the ADSS Breakfast Club accept a $2,000 donation from Port Alberni Toy Run members Susan and Tom Wall, David Wiwchar and Robin Klatt on Oct. 28, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Asher Brown of Port Alberni, 11, is making a name for himself in B.C. motocross action. He and his dad, Geoff Brown, started riding with Alberni Motocross Association (AVMX) at the same time. (DOUG FISK PHOTO)

Alberni Motocross signs new land deal with Mosaic

Land Use Agreement ensures continued motocross action on Cherry Creek track

Asher Brown of Port Alberni, 11, is making a name for himself in B.C. motocross action. He and his dad, Geoff Brown, started riding with Alberni Motocross Association (AVMX) at the same time. (DOUG FISK PHOTO)
Motorcyclists drop off toy donations during the Drive-By Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Drive-by Port Alberni Toy Run records 300 riders

The Langley Chapter of Harley Owners Group donated $2,000

Motorcyclists drop off toy donations during the Drive-By Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 19. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Toy Run riders roll down Argyle Street into Harbour Quay in 2019. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni’s annual Toy Run will be a drive-by affair this year

Organizers ask drivers to be aware of motorcycles visiting city

The Toy Run riders roll down Argyle Street into Harbour Quay in 2019. ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Toy Run organizers gather for Len Bodaly, far left, who is unable to ride his bike in the Sept. 19 event this year, to bring his donation of a Tonka truck. From left to right from Bodaly are Greg Philpott (founding member and second vice chair), Brian Loudon (founding member) and Tom Wall (first vice chair). The sign from the 25th year was used as a prop, even though this is the 36th year. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Illness sidelines Toy Run rider for 2020

This year’s Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 19 will be a socially-distanced one

  • Sep 10, 2020
Toy Run organizers gather for Len Bodaly, far left, who is unable to ride his bike in the Sept. 19 event this year, to bring his donation of a Tonka truck. From left to right from Bodaly are Greg Philpott (founding member and second vice chair), Brian Loudon (founding member) and Tom Wall (first vice chair). The sign from the 25th year was used as a prop, even though this is the 36th year. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni motorcycle enthusiast Vincent Gladstone says he feels lucky to be alive after colliding with a pickup truck on a busy road on Aug. 15, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni motorcycle rider urges caution after crash

Vincent Gladstone says he is one of the lucky ones in spate of motorcycle accidents

Port Alberni motorcycle enthusiast Vincent Gladstone says he feels lucky to be alive after colliding with a pickup truck on a busy road on Aug. 15, 2020. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Coulson makes teddy bear donation to Port Alberni Toy Run

Toy Run selling teddy bears to make up for lost revenue during COVID-19

Members of the Port Alberni Toy Run accept a donation from Wayne Coulson (second from right) outside of Chances RimRock Gaming Centre on Thursday, Aug. 6. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Port Alberni Toy Run is selling special teddy bears wearing miniature Toy Run T-shirts as a new fundraiser for 2020. (PORT ALBERNI TOY RUN PHOTO)

Port Alberni Toy Run launches new fundraiser for 2020

Toy Run teddy bears will help replace funds lost due to COVID-19 changes

The Port Alberni Toy Run is selling special teddy bears wearing miniature Toy Run T-shirts as a new fundraiser for 2020. (PORT ALBERNI TOY RUN PHOTO)
The Port Alberni Toy Run made an appearance in the 2019 Canada Day parade. That year on Saturday, Sept. 14, the largest motorcycle event on Vancouver Island marked its 35th anniversary. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Port Alberni’s annual Toy Run switches up over COVID-19

No parties, no large gatherings, but a drive-by toy drop is planned for September

The Port Alberni Toy Run made an appearance in the 2019 Canada Day parade. That year on Saturday, Sept. 14, the largest motorcycle event on Vancouver Island marked its 35th anniversary. ELENA RARDON PHOTO