23 December 2016
Started back in 1954, the Lolly Run was the initiative of Alf Lydon and Kwinana’s Toc H Branch members. Toc H is a Christian humanitarian organisation founded in 1922 by Reverend P. B. “Tubby” Clayton. Originally formed to assist men and families traumatised by their experiences of World War I, this movement broadened its operations over time and now runs multiple programmes towards building friendships and offering charitable services throughout the community.
Until 2004, the Lolly Run was largely run exclusively through Toc H, who donated their own time and utes to deliver lollies to children across all suburbs of the Town of Kwinana. However local membership and interest in ToC H dwindled and upon hearing that the Lolly Run was under threat, the Kwinana Rotary Club banded together with Council officials to take over.
Rotarian Harry Tebbutt remembers that in the first year Rotary was involved there was approximately 600 kilograms of lollies spread over 12-14 ‘sleighs’ and over the years the event has grown so popular that families from outside the local area visit specifically to take part in the celebrations.
Image: Harry Tebbutt driving his ute in the Kwinana Festival parade, c2010.
Image: Alf Lydon, first President Kwinana Road District 1961, President Shire of Kwinana, 1961-1966.