Santa rides through Vernon for annual toy run

Rod Mallett, dressed as Santa, leads the annual Santas Anonymous Toy Run. Megan Turcato / Global News

Overcast skies didn’t stop dozens of committed motorcycle riders from rallying for a good cause Sunday.

The crowd gathered south of Vernon for the annual Santas Anonymous Society toy run.

The event sees riders making the 30-kilometre trip from the Kalamalka Lake Lookout, south of Vernon, to Lumby to raise money and collect toys for the society.

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Led by a Santa lookalike, a black motorcycle helmet perched atop his white curly wig, the crowd of riders streaming down the highway also provided an interesting spectacle for passing motorists.

Now in its 31st year, the fundraiser has become an annual tradition for Santas Anonymous.

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At their Vernon workshop, the society provides gifts for children whose parents might not otherwise be able to afford to give them presents for Christmas or their birthday.

In years when the weather is better, the event has drawn even larger crowds from around the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap.

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Riders at the Santas Anonymous Toy Run near Vernon on Sept. 7. Megan Turcato / Global News

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