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Baptist Care SA Limestone Coast Toy Run

Baptist Care SA’s first Limestone Coast Toy Run gifts 500 Christmas presents to young people in need.

 

On Saturday 30 November 2019, Baptist Care SA’s first Limestone Coast Toy Run thundered into town.

 

The streets of Mount Gambier came alive with the electrifying roar of classic motorcycles and vintage vehicles as they made their way to the Railway Lands, where Mayor Lynette Martin officially opened the free community celebration.

 

Hundreds gathered to enjoy the food stalls and entertainment, including a live band and dance performances, face painting, jumping castle and trophy presentations from the Show and Shine event.

The event drew generous responses from local businesses and community members – with 535 gifts distributed to 354 disadvantaged children and young people through 16 local schools and support agencies.

 

Twenty volunteers worked tirelessly in a number of roles to support the event.

 

“It was great working with the local community to make a meaningful difference to families doing it tough,” said Limestone Coast Area Manager, John Merrett.

 

“The Run really brought agencies, clubs, businesses and the general public together to create many special moments for children and families over Christmas.”

 

Special thanks to everyone in the Baptist Care SA team for their efforts, major sponsors Roundwood Solutions, and all our wonderful volunteers, including students from Grant High School, and Mount Gambier Baptist Church members, who assisted with the sorting and purchasing of gifts. Plans are already underway to build on last year’s success in 2020!

 

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