FRASER Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell braved the wet weather to join the fun of the inaugural Independent Riders Fraser Coast Toy Run on the weekend.

Clinging on for dear life on the back of a three-wheel motorbike, Cr O'Connell was taken on a tour of the region, starting at the Aussie Hotel in Maryborough on Saturday morning, visiting the Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, taking a cruise down the Esplanade and visiting Takura and Howard before finishing up at the Lamington Hotel back in the Heritage City.

Organiser Michael Tucker said the event had been a huge success, with 160 riders taking part - not a bad effort, considering the rain.

He said he believed the number of riders could have exceeded 200 had the weather been better and that will be the aim next year.

The run raised about $3000 in cash along with about $2500 worth of donations of toys and pet food.

The proceeds of the event will go to Maryborough Animal Refuge and Fraser Coast Family Network.

"It went really well; I was really pleased, especially considering the weather," Mr Tucker said.

The event back at the Lamington Hotel was full of fun as well, with live music from Jimmy James and a visit from a biker-inspired Santa Claus.

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