DASHING THROUGH THE COAST: Santa gets on his bike.
DASHING THROUGH THE COAST: Santa gets on his bike. Che Chapman

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FOR its 21st year running, the Sunshine Coast annual toy run was a huge success last Sunday.

Hundreds of bikes and the pillions put on an impressive display riding across the Coast, covering from Kawana through Maroochydore up to Coolum Beach and back decked out in tinsel.

Riders were encouraged to bring along a toy for donation, which the Salvation Army collected so disadvantaged kids and families could still enjoy Christmas morning.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, who led the procession with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, said it was wonderful to see the community support people in need.

"On behalf of the community, we appreciate the thousands of toys donated over the years to help the young families on the Sunshine Coast,” he said.

Even Santa turned out to show his support and take ride through the most scenic areas of the Coast.

Organiser Paul Grossman said the turnout was "exceptional”.

"We had a really good day, with about 250 bikes that turned up,” he said.

"The Salvation Army was very happy too, we managed to fill up their truck and bus with toys.

"It was just a good, happy day, and everyone was really moved by the amount of community support for kids in need on the Coast.”

Bike enthusiasts and spectators alike have flooded their Facebook group with exclamations of delight, including one Coast mother who wrote "As always, another great ride! My son loves seeing you guys ride past every year.”

You can see our full gallery of photos below.

The annual event takes place on the first Sunday of December, to find out more about next year's event, join the Sunshine Coast Toy Run group on Facebook.


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