The Port Elizabeth Toy Run®, a nonprofit and annual charity event, today handed over R165 000 raised during the 2012 event to five beneficiaries in the Metro at a function held at the Diaz Club. In its twenty-first year, the 2012 event gained momentum with good weather on the day of the bikers’ Toy Run® helping to boost the figure raised in 2011 by more than R10 000.
Annual fund raising through the Toy Run® focuses on supporting children through pre-identified, well established organizations in need.
The 2012 beneficiaries are:
- Bethel Safe House in Swartkops – R30 000
- Ncedanani Pre School in KwaNobuhle – R35 000
- Sunrise Pre School in Greenbushes – R35 000
- Victory Kids in Newton Park – R20 000
- Zama SA in New Brighton – R20 000
This R140 000 will answer the call of need to assist these five beneficiaries to pay for food (vouchers will be allocated), educational equipment, enhancement and maintenance to premises conducive to learning (mainly the pre schools) and children’s beds and bedding, amongst others.
The remaining R25k is paid out as follows: Morewag Primary R7500 and Winterberg School R5000 for selling the most Toy Run® lucky draw tickets; Algoa Cares (AlgoaFM) R3500 to various organizations; Drosty Home R3000 and R6 000 food vouchers for Winterberg School.
The Toy Run hosted 350 children at its annual children’s parties: 300 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and a further 50 at the Aurora Centre for the Handicapped. Hundreds of toys donated by participating bikers and the public have been handed out to underprivileged children across the Metro with the help of Zwartkops Round Table 195.
The committee wishes to thank all its participating sponsors, the public, bikers and its volunteers most sincerely for their support, without which we would not be able to reach out to hundreds of children in the Metro through the annual Toy Run®.
The 22nd Anniversary of the Port Elizabeth Toy Run®, in 2013, aims to raise R220 000. The event takes place Sunday 24 November 2013 and we look forward to the support of Port Elizabeth businesses, the public and the local biking community in helping us to help the children.
Representatives of the five 2012 Toy Run beneficiaries are overwhelmed and emotional as the R165 000 raised towards fulfilling their wish lists for their organisations, all in support of needy children in the Metro, was unveiled by the PE Toy Run Committee. This would not have been possible without the support of loyal and generous sponsors, media partners, bikers, volunteers and the general public.