Thursday , 29 July 2021

Toy Run Another Success

The UN NATO Veteran’s 2nd Annual Toy Run on Saturday was another success collecting boxes of toys for sick children and donations to Valour Place.

Over 40 motorcycle riders began their kickstart at 10am at the Iron Horse Trail Staging Area and headed towards Bonnyville for the next stop in the toy run, with a couple bikers coming from Fort McMurray and one all the way down from Yellowknife just to take part.

Linda Karlenzig, organizer, and RN in Bonnyville in Emergency, says the toys will go to great use to the hospitals in Bonnyville and Cold Lake. She recalled giving a young boy a toy last year and his face lighting up in joy.

“Oh yeah I enjoy handing out the toys. It helps me with my job every day,” said Karlenzig.

Located in Edmonton, fundraising for Valour Place was the other reason for the event.

“Valour place is a place for veterans, EMS, first reposnder, RCMP can go and stay if their families are receiving treatment, kind of like the Ronald McDonald House,” Karlenzig.

This year’s event already surpassed last year’s haul fifteen minutes after kick off. And with the myraid of corporate sponsors, the cause seems to be growing.


About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.