READY TO ROLL: This year’s Convoy for Kids in Adelaide will be held on November 2.
READY TO ROLL: This year’s Convoy for Kids in Adelaide will be held on November 2.

Convoy helps out kids

MORE than 60 trucks of various sizes will converge on inner-city Adelaide later this year in a bid to raise funds for South Australian children living with disabilities.

Returning to Adelaide after a five-year hiatus, the Novita Children's Services' popular Convoy for Kids will see the trucks driving a 7km circuit in convoy near Adelaide's CBD on Sunday, November 2.

The 19th Convoy for Kids will conclude with a family fun day - the Convoy Carnival - to be held in the South Parklands from 9.30am to 2pm. The event, sponsored by The CMV Group, will feature an appearance by Disney's Mack the Transporter from the smash-hit movie Cars, along with live entertainment, a show and shine competition.

One of the most exciting aspects to the Convoy for Kids is the opportunity it offers for children with disabilities and their siblings to experience the ride of a lifetime in a big rig as a convoy passenger.

"Convoy for Kids was started more than 20 years ago by Novita and a group of dedicated people from the transport industry and the Lion's Club of Elizabeth, who had a desire to help children with disabilities," Novita chief executive Glenn Rappensberg said.

"The needs of children with a disability and their families are broad and complex, which is why events like this are so important. Funds raised will help us to work with children and families as well as develop important infrastructure and implement the latest innovations in clinical practice."

Paul Crawford, managing director of The CMV Group, said he was excited.

"The CMV Group is excited to assist Novita in this year's Convoy for Kids," he said.

"Watching these children in the trucks, and seeing the joy on their faces is something that we find incredibly special and are honoured to be a part of.

"We're hoping truckies from all over South Australia will join in to help raise money for Novita.

"The organisation does amazing work with kids across the state, and an event like this is not only a fantastic family day out, but also unites us all in giving something back to our community."

Novita Children's Services is a nationally-recognised leader in child development, rehabilitation and disability services, supporting more than 2000 children and young people in South Australia each year.

This year, the organisation is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

For further information, contact Novita Children's Services on 1300 Novita (1300 668 482) or visit http://www.novita.org.au.

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