Cruising city streets for a good cause

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THE inaugural Santa-Cruz Invercargill Toy Run will be cruising the streets of Invercargill on Friday, December 4.

Hosted by Southern Grilles & Gasoline, the run will zigzag throughout the city streets as far south as Stirrat St and Tisbury, east as far as Rockdale and Racecourse Rds, north as far as Layard St, Bainfield Rd and Bay Rd, and west as far as Drury Ln, Dee St and Bond St.

Organiser Jason Pope said the run was open to everyone who wanted to take part in the cruise.

“There could be 10, 100 or 200 vehicles. There is no entry fee, rather we would prefer if people would bring a new toy or non-perishable food item which would be donated to the Salvation Army at the end of the night.”

Mr Pope said Southland Chevrolet Club members decided to put the cruise on to help those in need, especially with Covid-19 impacting people so much this year.

The run was also an opportunity for members of the public to donate a new toy or non-perishable food item to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and foodbank, he said.

“The public can approach any car or vehicle in the run on the Friday evening to hand over a toy or food item.”

Mr Pope was anticipating a big turnout, both with parade vehicles and donations, saying the annual show the club held in February attracted about 400 vehicles annually.

“We have planned the route so most people could walk nearby, if the vehicles didn’t pass their homes, to see the parade.

“We will also have a big army truck to help with the collection.”

However, he was still keen for people to line the streets for the parade, even if they didn’t want to donate.

“Even if they don’t donate anything, the parade will be for the people of Invercargill.”

Mr Pope said he hoped the toy cruise would become an annual event.

  • Those interested in taking part in the cruise were asked to meet at the Salvation Army car park, Victoria Ave (west), at 5.45pm for a 6pm start. Graphic: Supplied

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