document : Car enthusiasts invited to join Toy Run 2010 in Gauteng

Car enthusiasts invited to join Toy Run 2010 in Gauteng
information supplied by: E - Newsletter 03 November 2010

Car enthusiast clubs in Gauteng are being encouraged to support charity by becoming part of the long-running Toy Run, which up to now has been exclusively for motorcycles.
This year the organisers have decided to attract cyclist and car enthusiasts to participate on Saturday, November 27, with the motorcyclists doing their usual thing the following day. Car enthusiasts, preferably as interest groups or marque clubs, are invited to come to MTN Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 10:30 on that day.
Although the event is known as the Toy Run there has been a move to encourage participants to donate educational items rather than toys for distribution to underprivileged children by various charities. These gifts are the entrance fee for admission to the venue and there will also be the opportunity to purchase gifts on site.
The owners of the MTN Expo Centre have donated the extensive facility to the Toy Run organisers for the whole weekend and the aim of the organisers is to give the event a festival atmosphere. .Car clubs and vendors can buy stalls for R500 to sell their wares and there will also be full catering, including a beer garden with a live band. (No food or drinks may be brought onto the premises as the rights to sell these items rest with an in-house catering company).
The organisers are endeavouring to arrange drifting demonstrations at the facility’s Nasrec Raceway and a dyno challenge.
The organisers would appreciate the various interest groups or marque clubs contacting the Toy Run End Venue Convenor, Graeme Cartwright (Contact details: Cell No. 083-463-2761 and E-mail: so that demarcated parking areas can be reserved, provided the Toy Run organisers know up front approximately how many cars from each club to expect. The clubs will be able to put up their own banners at the various parking areas, which will also serve as car displays.
The first Toy Run was staged in Johannesburg in 1982 by the Italian Motorcycle Club in an effort to uplift the image of motorcyclists by encouraging them to help underprivileged children. Since then the Toy Run has gone national and an estimated 70 000 motorcyclists take part in mass rides to more than 25 locations around the country on the last Sunday of November each year.

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