A CMTR Double Event. One school near a local Temple, another a Nursery School located in the mountains of Chiang Dao. We brought them together for a great joint event.
Our latest event was held 22 March 2013. See a full report here.
Help Us Help Children in Need!
Watch our “Upcoming Events” page for the dates of give away events throughout the year. Come and join us!
For 2013, we are planning New locations, new ride routes, new format, and with your help and participation, more motorcycles. See you there!
(Web site is currently being updated to reflect 2013 changes. Thank you for your patience)
Putting Smiles on Children’s Faces
- HIV Children
- Orphaned Children
- Hill Tribe Children
- A Child In Need
Chiang Mai, Thailand – Over the previous 5 years, Chiang Mai ToyRide has attracted hundreds of motorcycles and participants to its events. Our goal is to help children in need and at the same time promote and enjoy motorcycling in Northern Thailand.
Our annual main event was held each February where hundreds of riders meet and parade/ride their decorated motorcycles to a location where the children anxiously await their arrival. The riders contribute to a massive pile of toys for the children. The charity party kicks off with bands for kids, rock ‘n’ blues for adults, clowns, magicians, games and prizes for the kids, food from local vendors, awards for best decorated bikes and, the highlight of the event; the toy giveaway to the children!
IMPORTANT Please Read:
New Chiang Mai ToyRide Format for 2013
During the past five years, thanks to our contributors and sponsors, the Chiang Mai ToyRide (CMTR) has been able to conduct many successful events which allowed us to pursue our goal of helping children in need. We, the CMTR Committee, feel it is time to try something a little different. Whether or not it is successful may be up to you.
Our annual main events have been great fun and well attended. We thank our participants and sponsors for their support. In these harsh economic times we have decided to skip our main event and instead concentrate all our efforts toward our give away events which directly benefit the children and needy locations we visit.
In addition, some of our sponsors and contributors have remarked that their donation is solely to support the CMTR in its endeavors. They are not concerned about their own self promotion. Our tiered sponsorship program made some uncomfortable as they wished to donate for a sincere cause. They felt that in some cases our sponsorship program may have contributed to an unhealthy competition rather than working to achieve a mutual goal; helping children. We find these thoughts to be both commendable and of valid concern in today’s environment. So this year we will try something new.
This year, we request that all our donors join us in a united cause. There will not be any sponsor packages. There will not be contributor names or logos displayed on our website or at our events. Instead, we hope you will donate and support CMTR as generously as you have in the past just because it is the right thing to do. The benefit to you will be in knowing that you helped to make a difference in a needy child’s life. The benefit to the child may be immeasurable.
Come join us on our soon to be announced give away events and rides. They are great fun in themselves, while at the same time accomplishing our mutual goal.
Help us, Help the Children.
It’s not just about the toys. Besides our main fund raising event, donations from individuals and businesses fund our events throughout the year (watch our “Upcoming Events” page), 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 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 location, targeting kids who are “under the radar.”
The Chiang Mai ToyRide committee (an international group of riders and non-riders from Thailand, Canada, England, Australia, Germany and America) has staged successful rides and events since 2008. Toys, goods and other charitable donations are gathered and distributed to ‘children in need’. If you’d like more information, please browse our site or send questions via email email@example.com.