It's time for the big one! This is our 5th annual main event. Please come join us for a day of fun and excitement. Don't forget there are prizes for the "Best Decorated Motorcycle". That means decorated with toys, games or gifts for children or in a "toy ride theme". (Just a tip; small or medium size toys go a lot further than oversize animals which most the children can't fit in their home. :thumbup TAKE A RIDE. GIVE A TOY. BRING A SMILE. Chiang Mai ToyRide 2012: helping children in need with charity motorcycle parade, party, live music, games and toy giveaway! Chiang Mai, Thailand – 19 February 2012: On this festive Sunday morning, hundreds of riders on motorcycles of all types and sizes, laden with toys, games and stuffed animals, will parade through Chiang Mai and then create a massive pile of toys to be given to boys, girls and babies in need. Following the ride to the X-Centre Zorb Ball field, the charity party kicks off at noon with music for kids, a rock 'n' blues band for adults, clowns, magicians, games and prizes for the kids, food for sale from local vendors, awards for best decorated bikes and, once again, the highlight of every year’s event: the toy giveaway to the children! All motorcyclists are invited to join the event whether their bikes are large or small. And there’s no admission charge: just bring along a new toy to warm a needy child’s heart. No Motorcycle? We welcome you no matter how you get there. • Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride and Party on Sunday, 19 February 2012 • Motorcycles of all sizes and riders of all ages are welcome! • 9:45 am – meet at Tesco Khamtien for the ride/parade through Chiang Mai • Noon – party at X-Centre Zorb Ball near Mae Rim with music, games, and toy giveaway • Admission/donation: one new toy and a great big smile! It’s not just about the toys. With the generous donations from our sponsors and riders, we have given away hundreds of toys and blankets, athletic equipment, medical supplies and food to hundreds of children and their families. In 2009 we expanded our giving with our “Playgrounds Plus” program, which provides new playground equipment, educational and athletic supplies, or construction necessary for the well being of the students. These donations are individually tailored to each needy location, targeting kids who are “under the radar.” Besides our main fundraising event, donations from individuals and businesses fund our Playgrounds Plus events throughout the year, as well as our annual Christmas Eve Giveaway in the acute care wards at Chiang Mai’s Maharaj Hospital when ailing kids get a visit from Santa bearing bags of stuffed animals. The Chiang Mai ToyRide committee (an international group of riders and non-riders from Thailand, Canada, England, Australia, Germany and America) has staged successful annual rides since 2008. Toys, goods and other charitable donations are gathered and distributed by the committee in the form of goods, not cash, after interviewing recipients, on site, to assess their real, tangible needs. Headline sponsors for 2012 are Tesco-Lotus, GT-Rider, Richco Motor Sports, the Chiang Mai X-Centre, Impulse Tourism, Parklane Systems, Geokon and Code Electric, plus major sponsors listed on our web site, banners, posters and t-shirts. If you’d like more information, please visit www.chiangmaitoyride.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule an interview, become a sponsor, or donate to the children, please contact us. Online donations may also be given on our website through PayPal, which also takes most major credit cards. Please come join us and help us "Helping Children in Need!"