Tantramar Toys for Tots comes through for kids

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SACKVILLE - It just keeps getting better every year.

About 1,200 bikers turned out this year on motorcycles of all shapes and sizes for the annual Tantramar Toys for Tots run, helping to raise over $20,000 in new toys and cash to help out needy families at Christmas.

SACKVILLE - It just keeps getting better every year.

About 1,200 bikers turned out this year on motorcycles of all shapes and sizes for the annual Tantramar Toys for Tots run, helping to raise over $20,000 in new toys and cash to help out needy families at Christmas.

Mike Purdy, organizer of the ever-growing event, says since the Run's inception in 1989, over $160,000 has been raised with over half of that being generated in the last four years.

He says all this is thanks to the hundreds of participants who come out every year to parade through Sackville on their bikes - this year, there were about 800 motorcycles, more than last year's record of about 650 bikes. Because of them, along with the corporate sponsors that come on board of every year, many area children will have a merrier Christmas this year, says Purdy.

Proceeds from the run are distributed, through various area organizations, to families throughout the local area who are having difficulty providing for their children.

Purdy says this year's run brought out bikers from all over the Maritimes as well as other provinces, with a huge turnout from P.E.I. Participants of the Shediac Bike Rally, which took place last weekend, arrived as a group with over 300 bikes.

McDonalds owner Danny Moore provided more quarter-pounders than ever to the huge crowd of bikers, an incredible feat that saw the drive-thru window closed as hundreds of bikers lined up inside and out for the tasty freebies.

The civic centre, where the bikers arrived after the drive-about through town, was transformed into Toy Run Central by staff - an effort greatly appreciated by the Toy Run organizers and attendees, says Purdy.

A professional motorcycle stunt team (which includes former Sackville resident Ryan Coombs) - Production X - amazed spectators with their motorcycle stunts and crowd-pleasing antics.

Donations, both private and corporate, can still be made by contacting Mike Purdy at (506) 379-6243. Information is available at www.toyrun.ca

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