Iveco trucks light up Christmas Party for Special Children
THE Christmas Party for Special Children is always a hit in Melbourne, offering a day of fun for children with special needs, carers, family members, and victims of neglect.
The event, held in all capital cities and selected regional areas, is estimated to have drawn more than 3,000 children and carers to the Moonee Valley Racecourse for the Melbourne installment on Sunday.
Iveco Australia has been a long time major sponsor of the Melbourne event, and this year displayed a new Iveco Daily 4x4 and Stralis AS-L, giving kids a chance to jump in a truck and sit behind the wheel.
Project Manager, Christmas Party for Special Children - Melbourne, Genece Cavanagh says that the trucks are always a popular attraction at the parties.
"For the kids there were a great variety of activities to enjoy, exciting entertainment to see and participate in, and awesome giveaways to be had - the scope of attractions is testament to all the generous sponsors who get involved," Genece said.
"The parties require a lot of planning and support but each year they get better and better thanks to the many community-minded organisations that get behind us and share the load.
"The Iveco trucks always prove popular, with the kids scrambling into them for a chance to get behind the steering wheel, they're virtually like an amusement ride for them!"
Iveco Marketing Manager, Darren Swenson, says Christmas Party for Special Kids was a great opportunity to play a small role in the community event, and to spread some festive cheer among kids who were doing it tough.
"Going by the smiles on the faces of the children we saw on Sunday, it seemed they didn't have a care in the world when in reality most were facing serious health concerns and other difficult circumstances," Mr Swenson said.
"To get involved in such an event and help the children forget about their difficulties for the day and allow them to just be kids, is very worthwhile - it's an event that Iveco Australia is very pleased to assist with."