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The Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run is an annual Community Fundraising Event held on the first Sunday of December each year to raise funds for disadvantaged families and provide toys for kids that would otherwise go without this Christmas. Rider assembly is from 8am at Stockton for a 10am departure ride to a Community Fun Day.

The Newcastle Toy Run is the oldest annual event of its kind in Australia and the only RMS and police approved and escorted ride. Register now to take part.



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With more than 40 years behind us, the event commenced in 1978 with around 20 bikes. The Toy Run is totally focused on providing toys and support for Hunter kids and families. We use our networks to collect donations for charities such as The Salvation Army so that parents can come in and choose a toy for their children, take it home, wrap it and put it under the tree. The parents get the self-esteem of being able to provide for the children and the children get the gift of knowing that their parents (or Santa Claus!) were able to give them a present. 

Looking for some Christmas Appeal toy and gift ideas? Click here.  

Big John Young by Margaret Jensen

The Bikers For Kids Newcastle Toy Run has contributed significantly to The Salvation Army Hunter Christmas Appeal for more than three decades! We are immensely grateful for the generous support provided by this iconic event and the many thousands of riders that take part. Through the donation of funds and toys, we are able to directly assist local families in their time of need and we simply couldn't do this without Bikers For Kids and community support. 

We extend heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to Bikers For Kids and ride participants for this impressive 40 year anniversary.


 The Salvation Army


Bikers for Kids was established in 1990 by long-time motorcycle enthusiast and community figure, Big John Young. In 2016 it was incorporated as an association and appointed a board of directors.

Standing at over 2 metres tall and having been awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2015 for his work with the community for children, Big John has a compassionate heart to rival the size of his stature.

The Bikers for Kids association has strong values of Integrity, Commitment and Social Justice. The committee is made up of eight members who meet regularly to plan ways of providing support and raising awareness for kids and families unable to do it for themselves or simply suffering set backs through life 

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