Charitable pack . . . Bronz Otago Motorcycle Club president A.J. Todd (left) and fellow annual toy run participants (from left) Tina Mercer, Amanda Frew, Emma (10) and Jordyn Timney (12) and Mike Nyhon, all of Dunedin, are ready for the run on Sunday. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

The roar of hundreds of motorcycles will echo across the city as a pack of big-hearted bikers travel from Careys Bay to the Octagon for Bronz’s 34th annual toy run on Sunday.

Bronz Otago Motorcycle Club president A.J. Todd said riders could meet at Carey’s Bay Historic Hotel at 1.30pm or the School of Dentistry in Great King St at 2.30pm, to travel to the Octagon and park up for an hour.

Participants should bring toys – new and used – or non-perishable food items.

The collected goods would be given to the Balmacewen Lions Club in the Octagon to be passed on to the Salvation Army.

More than 200 riders were expected but numbers fluctuated depending on the weather, Mr Todd said.

“Rain, hail or shine, we’ll be there .. With a bit of luck we’ll get the numbers right up – I’d love to see 300 bikes. That would be awesome.”

When asked why the riders took part he replied: “Have you ever seen a kid’s eyes when you give them a toy at Christmas – they light up and you hold on to moments like that. Why wouldn’t you do it?”

As a child, his home in Halfway Bush was “severely” damaged by fire just before Christmas and the Salvation Army helped in a time of need.

“What they did stayed with me and I want to pass it on.”