The Peninsula Toy Run began in 1997 and is held on the first Saturday in December. It grows in popularity each year. Its founder John Smollen who organised the Toy Run from its inception passed away on 30 November 2013, just one week before his 14thToy Run.
Bikers and their passengers travel from Frankston Pier to Rosebud Secondary College bringing with them a huge amount of toys, gifts and food. Morning tea follows.” Some 600 bikers participated in our 2019 Toy run. Due to the pandemic there was no “Run” in 2020 or 2021. We are hoping for a record turnout in December 2022.
The bikers’ donations are equally divided between Food for All, the Rosebud Salvation Army, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Mornington and the Westernport Community Support in Hastings.
The great generosity of the participants in the Peninsula Toy Run plays a vital part in the Christmas programs of all four organisations.