ABOUT 9000 heroes, perched atop 9000 motorbikes with tinsel and toys pinned to their handlebars made their way from Stockton to Wickham on Sunday morning for the 41st Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run.
It is an iconic Newcastle event, a festive season favourite and the oldest and longest running toy run in Australia.
Inspired by the number of incredible costumes last year, this year’s installment of the event, which raises toys and funds for kids in need and the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, had a superhero theme. Santa, his reindeer, and just about every character from the Marvel and DC universes were represented and one by one they tossed their contribution into a huge pile of toys. By the end, more than $45,000 worth of toys had been donated.
“There are hundreds if not thousands of kids that will benefit from this in the Hunter region,” toy run committee member Howard Mole said.
“And it is not just the kids who benefit. It is also the parents who might feel inadequate, who might struggle to get presents for all their children.”