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Geelong Harley Owner's Group 20th Annual Toy Run 2012

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
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One motorcycle can be loud, two even more so.

Now imagine up to a thousand motorcycles roaring through the city streets in a large convoy, with their riders hoping to make this Christmas brighter for hundreds of underprivileged and ill children.

Every year, the Geelong chapter of the Harley Owner's Group (or HOG) participate in a toy run where they deliver much-needed donations to local community groups including Cottage By The Sea, Geelong Hospital, Bethany and Rainbow Riders.

Geelong Harley Owner's Group 20th Annual Toy Run 2012

Suited up in their leathers, with tinsel and stuffed toys riding shotgun on the front of their motorcycles, these do-gooding bikers always make quite an impression as they make their annual pilgrimage from Geelong towards the Bellarine Peninsula- toting a collection of stuffed toys and other gifts that have been donated for the kids.

Usually accompanied by a police escort, the riders begin their journey from Cunningham Pier in Geelong at 10.30am. They then ride through the centre of Geelong, delighting children and bike enthusiasts as they go by on their shiny machines. The roar of the bikes on the street can be heard from deep within the shopping centres that flank Malop Street, and the sound often entices a crowd of onlookers. Traffic comes to a standstill as the motorcade travels through the city.

Geelong Harley Owner's Group 20th Annual Toy Run 2012
The Toy Run will kick off at Cunningham Pier on Geelong's waterfront

The group generally arrive in the main street of Portarlington between approximately 11am and 11.30am, where they stop for a short break before heading on to the Queenscliff foreshore.

Geelong radio station K-Rock will be presenting live from the site, there will be a live band playing, and there will be plenty of food stalls around to whet your appetite. Furthermore, if you buy a raffle ticket for $5, you can go into the draw to win a Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Iron. Children are even able to have a ride on a Harley- something that everybody should experience at least once in their life.

Geelong Harley Owner's Group 20th Annual Toy Run 2012

Although this event is run by the HOGs, they welcome riders of all kinds of motorcycles to join in the fun and participate. They especially welcome donations of new toys from all members of the public, and these can be dropped off at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Mercer Street Geelong, or at the Queenscliff Foreshore Park at the conclusion of the ride.

Geelong Harley Owner's Group 20th Annual Toy Run 2012

This is a fantastic event run by a group of people who are determined to defy the tough stereotypes cast on them- when it comes down to it (and especially when it involves kids) everyone's a big softie at heart.
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Why? To watch up to a thousand motorcycles roar through Geelong on a mission to deliver toys for the kids
When: Sunday 9 December 2012
Where: Cunningham Pier Geelong from 10.30am, Portarlington main street from 11am, Queenscliff Foreshore Park from noon. Event finishes at 3pm
Cost: Free to watch. Feel free to donate a new toy for the kids if you can
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