COMMENT: Toy Run builds solid reputation
MENTION the word "bikies" and it's likely to send a percentage of law-abiding citizens into a panic.
Traditionally the idea of the biker has been associated with the one percenter, the outlaw and the hoodlum, but if you come across 1000-or-so bikies in Ipswich this Sunday morning, there is no cause for alarm.
In fact, if you do stumble across the Ulysses Toy Run this weekend, you should give them a complimentary wave or a toot of the car horn.
For 20 years this event has made a real difference in the lives of the less fortunate, by donating toys to children at Christmas.
Far more than a gesture and an excuse to gather en masse and rumble across Ipswich, this event has united Ipswich together into something resembling the true spirit of Christmas.
Businesses, the hospital and even the posties get involved in this tremendously successful concept.
Ulyssian Ian Winter tells me that the police are such big fans of the Toy Run, that they put their hand up to take the shift that leads the convoy.