North Thompson Star/Journal
This annual Barriere event was started by the vision of a young boy and his little red wagon, Nicky Grummet, who wanted to help the less fortunate families in his community. His life was sadly taken from an unfortunate motorbike accident, but his legacy is carried on today by the annual Thunder Alley Toy Run.
A total of 65 riders took part in the ninth annual run on Saturday, Sept. 26. Once again, it was a roaring success in support of the Barriere and District Food Bank. The weather did not look very promising when people, spectators and riders began to assemble. But before the run started, there was blazing sunshine, which showed off the amazingly polished bikes. The IDA parking lot full accommodating all the riders, volunteers, organizers, special guests and spectators.
Guests of special interest were acting mayor Donna Kibble, councillor Al Fortin and Barriere Chamber of Commerce president Lana Laskovic welcoming the riders and thanking them for their generous contributions. The warm gathering soon dispersed embarking on their ride through town, but not before a blessing from Father Don O’Reilley.
The roaring group left the parking lot at 12:30 p.m. being met by generous residents donating cash, food and toys from the side of the road. With the guidance of the Barriere RCMP and the Barriere Fire Department the run ended at the Barriere Food Bank where they were greeted by Paul Morris, one of the organizers, who spoke about the event and honoured Nicki Grummet and invited everyone to come and enjoy some fun and bike games at the Bradford’s family property.
Soon after the riders gather at the Barriere Legion for a dinner and dance, where there was a silent auction where they continued to raise money for the Food Bank.
This year, over $7700 was raised, not to mention the mountain of toys and food items received.