A total of 86 Riders took part in the sixth annual Barriere Toy Run on Saturday, Sept. 8. 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, many of them specialty machines. The AG parking lot was barely large enough to accommodate all the people and their shining, handsome bikes.
Participants of special interest were councillors Pat Paula and Virginia Graham Smith. They accepted the invitations of Jack Young and Paul Morris to ride with them, and as stated by them, thoroughly enjoyed it. Mayor Bill Humphreys was present as well, visiting with Barriere residents and talking to the riders and admiring their bikes..
Kim Keating, Barriere Food Bank president, said, “This year’s donations were again amazing, and the cash donation have been higher than last year. A very big thank you goes to Louisa and Ivan of Barriere AG Food Store for their support, and to Barriere IDA Pharmacy, who had reduced all toys to 50 per cent off regular price for the Toy Run. We are grateful for all the support the Food Bank has received again, and we are especially grateful for Barb and Paul Morris, who once more organized the Run,” said Keating.
Paul Morris noted that he and Barb were pleased as to how well everything went, and for the great support the community gave them. Bikers came from far and wide to take part, and in the evening 280 people enjoyed the Biker Games at their place, a great ending to a very good Toy Run.