34th Annual Gauteng Motorcycle Toy Run
WHEN: 27th November 2016
09.00am to 15.30
WHERE: Benoni Northerns Sports Grounds – (John Barrable Hall)
Brodigan Street (off O’Reilly Merry Street)
WHY: Charitable collection of toys for less privileged
Children, by the biker fraternity
ENTRY FEE : A toy (or many) for the children – and it can be used
The Gauteng ToyRun returns for the 6th successive year to the Benoni Northerns Sports Club on Brodigan Road Benoni.
This annual drive by the biker fraternity of Johannesburg collects gifts for children around Johannesburg and gathers approximately 25 000 toys in a single day! These are redistributed to service clubs and charity organisations so that many children can celebrate Christmas with a gift.
The event has over a hundred stalls, a sound stage with several bands, entertainment and a beer garden to make an interesting mornings entertainment. Many people wander the massive parking lot to look at the iron and chrome – please don’t touch!
Toys are collected from the bikers and the public and sorted by volunteers while the attendees enjoy the entertainment.
Mass bike rides
To facilitate a safe flow of 20 000 plus motorbikes there are 5 mass starts with safety marshals and metro police support. The first 4 start at 09:00 AM SHARP:
North : Irene Village Mall
South : The Blockhouse garage
East : Carnival City Casino
West : Silverstar Casino –long ride
NEW : Monte Casino – LADIES ONLY 10:00 AM
Ladies Only Ride
This will be a first in South Africa and the World. A ladies only mass ride from Monte Casino in Fourways to our end venue in Benoni. All medical, police, marshals and supporting crew will be ladies, we hope that this will inspire respect for the many lady riders in Gauteng, showing their brave and generous spirits.
With Monte Casino providing a stunning line-up of entertainment, coffee, (non alcoholic) drinks and food will be available at the start venue, the ride leaves at 10:00AM, an hour after the other mass rides.
All participating bikes are to be street legal and capable of maintaining a controlled 80km/hr on the freeways. No pit bikes or off-road bikes please. Scooters and smaller bikes are recommended to start near to the front of the mass, as this provides the most constant cruising speed of 80km/h.
The mass rides are for the bikes only, all cars must go directly to the end venue. Club Bike support vehicles as well. Parking is provided off O’Reilly Merry Road, there will be signage en route. Sweep vehicles with trailers are provided and will travel with the ambulances at the rear of the procession.
Safety and Road closures
The Benoni CPF, Metro and other organisations will be ensuring motorcyclist safety through the suburbs to the end venue. This unfortunately means road closures and traffic interruptions, especially on the Atlas Rd stretch from the R21 to Elgin Street and Great North road from the R21 to Hospital Road intersection.
Please be cautious if this affects you on the Sunday – deep breath and think of the children being supported or come along and enjoy a fun day.
Even the non-bikers are most welcome to come in their cars or walk in if nearby. There is secured parking provided. Please be aware that the cars and bikes routes are kept separate for safety purposes. Follow the signage and road marshal’s instructions to park and walk into the event.
The 20 000 bikes parked on the sports fields makes for a very interesting spectacle and cars can carry more toys. Please use O’Reilly Merry Road and follow the marshal’s instructions.
The toys need not be new, just useable. The Toy Run committee would like the attendees to focus on educational toys or toiletries as gifts but the children in need aren’t as specific: a toy is a great treasure for them.
Please note that we do not accept toy guns or knives, also, battery powered toys are of little use once the batteries die. Please consider the daily needs of Gauteng’s many orphans and similarly poor children.
Toy Run selected toys will be on sale at the entrances.