Toys for Tots Cancelled by the Hawaii Police Department Saved by Miracle

Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Toys for Tots motorcade and rally will take place as scheduled on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Motorcade participants are asked to show up at 9 a.m. as the 300-plus member motorcade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. From Aunty Sally’s Lu’au Hale on Pi’ilani St. , the convoy will head down Kalanikoa St. towards Kamehameha Ave. where it will turn right and head out towards Keaukaha along Kalaniana’ole Ave.   At 4 Miles beach, they will u-turn and head back into town, turning right onto Banyan Drive, rumbling by Lili’uokalani Park and onto Manono St. where they will return to Aunty Sally’s.

The public is invited to attend an exciting rally that will start at 10:45 a.m. with live music from ‘Ol School Band, refreshments and concessions items.  Santa Claus will appear at 12 noon.  Unwrapped gift items are welcome for children ages 0-12 yrs old.  “We are thrilled with the amount and quality of the toys that are donated every year.  Last year, 47 bikes and more than 2,800 toys were donated to the children and families of the Big Island .  Although, we would appreciate having a few more for the girls, ages 9-12”, said Toys for Tots motorcade and rally organizer, Mr. Ellsworth Fontes.  Prior to December 11, toys can be dropped off at Ellsworth’s Custom Cycles on 969 Kino’ole St. or at Springleaf Financial at 395 Kino’ole St.

On Sunday, November 20, the Hawai’i Tribune Herald reported that organizers had cancelled the much anticipated event due to permitting discrepancies with the Hawai’i Police Department.  However, all conflicts were ironed out and the show will go on.  “The Police Department fully supports Toys for Tots.  This is a terrific event for the kids, nobody wants it cancelled, so I’m really happy to see that the event will take place,” said Captain Robert Wagner who oversees Area I permit requests.

Fontes, who also serves as president for the Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club stated, “This couldn’t happen without the tremendous support of Mayor Billy Kenoi… Christmas is on again, for the needy children of the Big Island .  In the spirit of Christmas, I’m happy that it all worked out.

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