Thousands of Northern Motorcycle Riders Association members prepare to travel south to deliver on the Tasmanian annual Toy Run

READY TO RIDE: Northern Motorcycle Riders Association members Danny Penney, Kim Brundle-Lawrence and Ian Cawthorn prepare for Saturday's annual Tasmanian Toy Run.

READY TO RIDE: Northern Motorcycle Riders Association members Danny Penney, Kim Brundle-Lawrence and Ian Cawthorn prepare for Saturday's annual Tasmanian Toy Run.

Toy Run by name, the 37th annual bikie tradition takes a more pragmatic approach towards delivering Christmas.

Needy recipients struggling to make ends meet are asking for food vouchers.

Delivery of the cuddly soft toy is hardly a thing of the past, but Christmas comes in all sorts of packages.

“They still have normal bills coming in that they need to budget for,” Northern Motorcycle Riders Association project officer Kim Brundle-Lawrence said, “so trying to budget at Christmas like extra food and toys for children is very difficult.”

Salvation Army collects the toys and vouchers for thousands of lovable rogues decked in their leathers from around the state to deliver.

“My biggest reward is if you get a smile on someone’s face, that’s reward enough,” Ms Brundle-Lawrence said.

For more than 4000 Northern bikies, it’s a long trip down the Midland Highway on Saturday to join the cavalcade from Salamanca. 

They will gather in Perth before stopping at Campbell Town for their first stop.

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