Thousands of special kids celebrate Christmas at the Showgrounds

27-Nov-2017 3:00 PM

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: 2,000 children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs from all over the State enjoying a Christmas Party. WHERE: Goyder Pavilion. Adelaide Showgrounds, Goodwood Road, Wayville. WHEN: 11.30am - 2pm (not for publication please) Wednesday 29 November, 2017. Santa will arrive on the back of a motorcycle at approximately 1pm.

More than 2,000 school children from all over the state who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, plus approximately 1,000 carers and volunteers will fill the Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds with music and laughter on Wednesday, 29 November.  It is all thanks to the hard work of the volunteer Ladies of Variety (L.O.V.) committee and funding from Variety – the Children’s Charity of South Australia.

The children will be entertained by the Flaming Sambucas band and Character Works, as well as face painters, temporary tattoo artists, a fire engine, a large post box for letters to Santa, Tinsel and the Reindeers as well as a photo booth for the children to capture their special day.  However, the day would not be complete without a visit from everyone’s favourite man in red, Santa Claus, who will arrive on a motorcycle, ridden by an entrant of the Variety V2 motorcycle event.

L.O.V. Chairperson Jan-Maree Wauer is thrilled to host the event and says it is the highlight for her Christmas calendar.

“The L.O.V. committee is once again proud to able to bring Christmas cheer to children from special schools all over Adelaide at our annual Christmas party,’’ said Jan Maree.
‘’Children with special needs don’t normally have this kind of opportunity to get out and enjoy celebrating with others, and many have siblings with a disability, making it really tough for the parents,” she said.

‘’This party gives them the opportunity to enjoy themselves in a safe and welcoming environment,’’ said Jan-Maree.

Since the inception of L.O.V. eleven years ago, these women have worked together to entertain more than 100,000 children and their carers in Adelaide.

Many organisations across the State have sent volunteers to assist with the day including the Metropolitan Fire Service, Woolworths, St Francis de Sales College, Sacred Heart College, Adshel, Enrite Solutions, Elders and Westpac, and General Manager of the Adelaide Showgrounds, Grant Piggot, will also lend a hand on the day.

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