The streets around Adelaide will have an unmistakable buzz about them this Sunday morning as the 2010 CMV Convoy for Kids, supporting Novita Children’s Services, gets underway.
The Convoy will see about 250 South Australian children with disabilities taken for an exciting ride in a big rig, truck, post van or fire engine on a ring route around the city and North Adelaide.
The annual event, now in its 18th year, is organised by Novita, the not-for-profit organisation providing essential therapy, equipment and family support for children living with physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
Novita Chief Executive Glenn Rappensberg said the CMV Convoy for Kids is the biggest event that Novita puts on for the enjoyment of its clients each year.
“The CMV Convoy for Kids is a definite highlight of the Novita calendar. We have children – and truckies – from all over Adelaide and regional South Australia who come to Convoy every year,” he said.
“It’s always fantastic to see Novita’s supporters lining the streets, cheering the Convoy on and showing their support for South Australian kids with disabilities.
“Novita thanks our sponsor, CMV Group, for making this event possible for the enjoyment of not only our families, but also the South Australian community.
“Thank you also to the big-hearted truckies who volunteer their time – and their trucks – each year to put those dazzling smiles on the children’s faces.”
The free Convoy Carnival starts at 9am in Wikaparndo Wirra (Park 22 in the South Parklands), featuring a Truck Show ‘n’ Shine, live entertainment by rockabilly act Andy Seymour & the Rockits, clowns, facepainters, and food and drink stalls. It is open to the public.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison will wave off the Convoy at about 10.30am, which will start from the Carnival and travel a ring route around the city and North Adelaide. As in previous years, the public is encouraged to line the streets on the route and cheer the Convoy on.