MRASA The Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia
Callington Oval #2, 2014 Toy Run
MRASA Toy Run - Frequently Asked Questions
  Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia (MRASA) Adelaide Toy Run.

  Who runs the Adelaide Toy Run event?
The event has been run by the by the Motorcycle Riders' Association of South Australia Inc. since 1978. The Toy Run Committee are all members of the MRASA and volunteer their time to organise the event. On the weekend of the event MRASA members and supporters of the Toy Run volunteer their time to help set up and pull down the Callington side of things, act as traffic marshals, parking marshals and general helpers to make the day run smoothly ensure that everyone has a good time.
  When and where is the Toy Run being held this year?
The MRASA Toy Run is held in two parts. Riders gather on the Clipsal track at Victoria Park in the City and then ride along the freeway to Callington (~60km) where celebrating takes place. The date is published on the Toy Run page of the MRASA website.
  What should I bring as a donation?
Bring any or all of the following.

Vinnies need:
  • New, unwrapped toys (We get lots of stuff for the littlies, but not so much for the older kids.
    Think of the 10-14 age group, and what might they like
  • Cash donations
  • Gift vouchers
  • Non perishable food ie canned or packaged goods
Toy suggestions are:
  • Sporting equipment ie footballs, cricket sets, basketballs
  • Games ie monopoly, scrabble, card games , video games etc
  • Books - reading books, picture books, game books
  • Dressup packs and make up kits
  • Hobby kits for music, art etc.
Please do not bring:
  • Soft Toys (we always get more than we can hand out)
  • Wrapped Toys (they will just get unwrapped so we can see what it is)
  • Used Toys (Think about what your child would want)
  • Perishable food (Anything that needs refrigeration or has a short shelf life)
Also think about how you carry the toys up to the oval. Toys occy strapped to the bike get crushed or dirtied and sometimes get burned by the exhaust. Toys carried inside your jacket get all smelly and sweaty, especially on a hot day and don't make suitable presents.
  What happens at Victoria Park?
At Victoria Park the riders gather, have a coffee or breakfast and check the bikes out. If you want to attend the celebrations at Callington Oval then you can prepay at Victoria Park for quick entry once you get to Callington. Sometimes we have some special entertainment (if we can get it). Last year we have a muscle car show and the year before a stunt rider.
  What times are important to consider?
Victoria Park opens for riders at 8am. The riders will leave Victoria Park at 11am and arrive at Callington Oval at around 11.40am. The gates at Callington Oval open at 10am and the day finishes around 4pm.
  What happens at Callington?
At Callington you first hand in your toy donation to the Vinnies and then have lunch from a variety of food choices, listen to the band, check out the stalls and the club stands and enjoy catching up with friends and the kids can get their faces painted and visit Santa in his Magic Cave. You can buy a badge commemorating the event from the MRA tent and even support the MRA by becoming a member.
  Do I have to register to join the Toy Run?
Registration is not necessary. Just rock up and join in.
  I ride a scooter, can I join the Toy Run?
Yes. All MTWs (Motorised Two Wheelers) and trikes are welcome. Just take into account that it is a 60km trip along the South Eastern Freeway and the day may be very hot. If your scooter is of small capacity it may struggle to keep up.
  What are the rules of the Run?
Ride safely, obey the road rules, do what the marshals tell you and don't throw lollies to or high five the kids along the way. It's not safe for them.
  Do I have to go on the run?
No. Most riders start at Victoria Park. They want to have the whole Toy Run experience. Others go straight to Callington Oval to watch the bikes arrive. Others watch the ride from vantage points along the way the watch the cavalcade pass. You decide how you want to experience the Toy Run.
  How much does it cost to join the Toy Run?
The Victoria Park gathering and the run itself is free. It will cost you $5 to join in the Callington Oval festivities. MRASA members and children under 16 get in for free. If you choose to join the MRASA as a member on the day then you will get your entry fee reimbursed by getting a discount on your membership fee.
  I don't have time to spend the day at Callington. How do I hand in my donation?
If you can't come on the day then you can hand in your donation(s) at any Vinnies Shop. Just tell them that it is for the Toy Run and they will make sure it gets to the right place. If you can come to Victoria Park then you can hand it in to the Vinnies rep there. If you came on the ride to Callington but can't stay for the day then we have a couple of 'Drop and Go' spots where you can hand in your donation(s).
  What if I don't or can't ride. Can I still take part?
Sure you can. You can drive to Callington but be aware bikes and cars don't mix very well in this situation, but you can come up to Callington and join the festivities. Many riders attend the run and meet their families at Callington Oval.
  Is the Toy Run only for motorcyclists?
No. We encourage members of the non-riding public to come along and see a little bit of what we enjoy about the motorcycling lifestyle.
  Can I bring my dog or other pet to the Toy Run?
No. Do not bring a dog to the Toy Run, they are a risk to others, especially children.
  What is the parking situation at Callington?
The main parking area is the bottom oval (which is grassed) which will be marked out and attended by marshals who will help you find your spot. Buckets containing free side-stand plates are available on the oval. There is limited street parking for cars along Callington Road, on the West side of the oval.
  What is the best way to enjoy the Toy Run?
Arrive early at Victoria Park, have a coffee and enjoy watching the bikes roll in. Take a leisurely ride to Callington with thousands of your mates (enjoy the blast through the Heysen Tunnel - a highlight of the run), watch the smiles on the Vinnies volunteers as you hand them your donation, have lunch, listen to the band, stroll around the stalls, maybe watch an exhibition or demonstration, buy a few souvenirs (including your Toy Run badge) and then decide on a pleasant ride home (from Callington there are many choices).
  I don't live in Adelaide, where is my nearest Toy Run?
Check the MRASA Toy Run page We will try to get a comprehensive listing of all South Australian Toy Runs posted. There are Toy Runs in Port Pirie, Mount Gambier, Roxby Downs, the Riverland and other regional centres.
  What happens to the money raised and Toys collected on the day?
All Toys and cash donations made to the Vinnies (The Vincent de Paul Society) on the day go towards gift packs and hampers for needy families over Christmas. The entry fee charged at the gate and stall fees all go to offset the costs of running the event (i.e. hire of toilets, shade tents, rubbish removal, liquor licence, equipment hire, the band etc). Anything left is used for the benefit of motorcyclists in the form of road safety lobbying and research (in 2015 the MRASA helped fund research into helmet safety and lobbied for a consistent helmet standard throughout Australia.)
  How do I volunteer to help out the Toy Run?
Call Cathy on 0408 853 380 or send us an email via the MRASA Email page
  When were the first Toy Runs held in Australia?
The first Toy Runs in Australia were held by MRA Victoria (1978), MRA South Australia (1979) and MRA Tasmania (1980).
  I am interested in having a stand at the Toy Run to advertise my business. How do I get on board?
There are limited spaces available for vendors and advertisers at Victoria Park and at Callington. Call Cathy on 0408853380 to get more information.

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