Parksville resident Winston Lawrence takes a break before riding to Port Alberni Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Port Alberni Toy Run

Parksville resident Winston Lawrence takes a break before riding to Port Alberni Saturday afternoon as part of the annual Port Alberni Toy Run

Port Alberni Toy Run is Island’s biggest motorcycle event

The event has raised more than $1.5 million since 1984

More than 1,000 motorcyclists took to the road en route to Port Alberni last Saturday.

The riders left from Little Qualicum Falls as part of the annual Port Alberni Toy Run (PATR).

“What makes this toy run unique are the thousands of people who line the route to cheer the riders, holding up signs thanking them for helping the children in the Alberni Valley and West Coast communities,” said David Wiwchar, PATR chair.

Wiwchar called it “the biggest motorcycle event on Vancouver Island” and “the largest fundraiser in the Alberni Valley.” He said many of the riders are from Vancouver Island but some participants come all the way from Washington State. According to Wiwchar, the event has raised more than $1.5 million since 1984.