BIKE leathers adorned with colourful Christmas decorations made for a stark contrast for Locker Ulysses Club members.

They along with hundreds of other motorbike enthusiasts got into the Christmas spirit for the annual Ipswich Toy Run yesterday.

Lockyer Ulysses Club secretary John Webb said about 1000 bikes left Brassall Shopping Centre at 10.30am and made their way to the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The 20th annual Ipswich Toy Run once again had gifts, food and money donated to the Salvation Army to help needy families during the holidays.

"It's about giving back to the community," Mr Webb said.

"All the funds raised go to the Salvation Army and towards arthritis research because most of our members are 50 plus," he said.

Mr Webb said the ride also provided a time for families to come together as they watch the bikes make their way through Ipswich.

He said the annual Toy Run had become an iconic Christmas event for Ipswich.

"The best part as a rider is being at the front of the group watching all the bikes in your rear view (mirror). It's amazing," he said.

Families waved to the riders as they made their way through Ipswich, with fifth-generation Salvo Greg Pack having a special reason to cheer them on.

"It's great to see that Christmas spirit is alive and well in our city," the Ipswich Salvation Army captain said.

"The event helps give those who are less fortunate the excitement of opening gifts at Christmas."

Additional funds raised as part of the Ipswich Toy Run are split between Ipswich, Bundamba and Goodna Salvation Army sites to run programs during the year.



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