Ulysses Club toy run to help The Salvation Army bring Christmas to children

Between 20 and 30 motorcycles ridden by members of the Ulysses Club will roar through town along Summer Street in Orange, NSW on Saturday morning.

The Orange branch of the social motorcycle club, for people aged over 40, will embark on its annual toy run so it can help The Salvation Army Orange branch make Christmas a time to celebrate for families in need from across the region.

To help, members will donate a range of children’s toys and vouchers.

The club members will meet at the old Bunnings site at 10am before riding through Orange with toys and gifts strapped to their bikes and at 11am people can join them at the Robin Hood Hotel.

Club member Bob Nash said the aim of the toy run is to help The Salvation Army in Orange make sure children don’t miss out on getting Christmas gifts.

“A lot of people in town probably aren’t aware of what The Salvation Army does,” Mr Nash said.

Mr Nash said the club will have a barbecue at the Robin Hood Hotel and is encouraging people to come and bring unwrapped children’s gifts or vouchers to donate to The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army Captain David Grounds said the gifts will go to children from across Orange, Cabonne, and as far as Blayney whose families need help for a variety of reasons.

“Last year we ended up helping about 100 families and we have 50 on the books so far,” he said.

Captain Grounds said as well as receiving donations from the motorcyclists on Saturday The Salvation Army will also open its doors on Monday, December 16 to receive donated toys and gifts for children of all ages.

He said they particularly need people to remember older children and teenagers and The Salvation Army also helps adults and pensioners with food hampers.

Source: CentralWesternDaily