IT has been almost 20 years since the Lockyer Branch of the Ulysses Club decided it was time to hit the road and brighten up Christmas for less fortunate kids.

The Harley-Davidsons are being polished up for the 19th annual Ipswich Toy Run, which will involve up to 800 riders from 23 Ulysses clubs across south-east Queensland rumbling through the city on December 13.

Starting off from Brassall Shopping Centre at 10.30am, the ride will head out towards Wulkuraka, then head back towards Ipswich via Leichhardt, before turning onto Lobb St and heading out to Churchill and Yamanto.

From there, the riders will pass through Flinders, View, Raceview and Eastern Heights on their way into the Ipswich Showgrounds Greyhound Pavilion.

Ulysses encourages families to stand out on the footpath and give Santa - who will lead the pack - a wave as he rides past.

Anyone can participate in the ride; either by joining in for free or paying $20 fee which includes the ride, breakfast and patch or pin and perpetual draw ticket.

Rider registration begins at 8am.

Lockyer Ulysses branch members officially launched this year's campaign at Brassall Shopping Centre on the weekend, calling for Ipswich residents to donate toys.

From now until the big day, shoppers can drop toys off in the collection area at the shopping centre.

Money raised from raffles and other fundraising activities will be split between the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and the Ulysses Club Arthritis Research Fund.

For more information on how to donate or take part in the annual Ulysses Ipswich Toy Run, contact Ulysses members Alan Gray on 0427 033 592 or Ian Winter on 0409 277 087.

Ulysses members Alan ’Mousey’ Gray, Tiffany Davies, Ian ’Foggy’ Winter, Peter ’Foot in Mouth’ Bailey and Jeff ’Yowie’ Miller prepare for the Ipswich Toy Run.
Ulysses members Alan ’Mousey’ Gray, Tiffany Davies, Ian ’Foggy’ Winter, Peter ’Foot in Mouth’ Bailey and Jeff ’Yowie’ Miller prepare for the Ipswich Toy Run. Inga Williams


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