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Thank you to all who supported our Annual Charity Game for Novita Children's Services

On Saturday 30th April, the Central District Football Club hosted its Annual Charity Match for Novita Children’s Services.

Novita Children’s Services provides child development, rehabilitation, inclusion support and a range of disability services to more than 3800 children and young people, as well as support for their families and carers, throughout South Australia. Novita has been assisting children living with disabilities and other needs for over 75 years, to develop their potential every day.

The relationship between Central District Football Club and Novita began in 2009, and Central District players have proudly worn a ‘Novita Star’ logo on their playing shorts year round throughout that time. Current Captain Trent Goodrem has taken on the role as a Novita Ambassador. Nine-time Premiership heroes Chris and James Gowans, now retired, were proud Novita Ambassadors through the early years of the relationship, playing an instrumental role before passing the batton on to Trent.

Central District has hosted a dedicated ‘Novita Home Game’ at My Money House Oval, Elizabeth, annually since 2011. The 6th Novita Home Game on Saturday 30 April at 12:10pm provided a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of Novita and the services it provides, as well as raising funds to support it in continuing to deliver those services to so many young South Australians living with disability and special needs.

ON THE DAY Central’s League side wore specially designed guernseys during its match against Norwood. See image gallery click here. Unique match worn guernseys ,signed by each player were auctioned online during the week following the match, with all proceeds going to Novita Children’s Services.

The SANFL IGA League match was broadcast on Channel 7 from 12 Noon. A large Novita Star was painted on the oval turf, and Novita President and life long Centrals supporter, The Honourable Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), former Governor of SA, was interviewed at 1/2 time, touching on what Novita does, and its link with the Central District Football Club.  

Other fundraising activities on the day included a match day raffle, with first prize being the signed match ball used during the game, plus gourmet meat packs donated by Club Sponsor 'Specialty Foods', and cake baskets from Balfours. Donation tins were present at the gates, and there was a mini-auction at the pre-match President’s luncheon, including Captain Trent Goodrem's Guernsey.

As per recent years Central District Club Sponsor Munno Para Foodland also donated $100 per goal kicked by Central’s League side on the day. We kicked 12 goals meaning $1200 was raised.

Twelve year old Henry, a Novita Client with Cerebral Palsy, and a huge football fan proudly tossed the coin.  To read Henry's story click here

Along with the TV Audience and Awareness raised for Novita, overall ,the day helped raise close to $8,000 for Novita Children's Services.

This takes the tally from the past 6 seasons to over $49,000, thanks to the generous support of our Club partners, members and supporters.

Along with displaying the Novita logo on its’ shorts year round, Central District also supports Novita with players attending events such as the Novita Children’s Christmas Party.

If you wish to support Novita at any time of year simply call 1300 668 482 (1300 NOVITA) or visit www.novita.org.au

 
 
Henry, with the NOVITA STAR and WINSTON THE BULLDOG, before tossing the coin
 
Central, entering the playing arena.
 
Acting Captain, Kyle Jenner and Norwood Captain Alex Georgiou meeting Henry at the coin toss.
 
Caleb Edmead kicks 'inside 50'
 
Central players thanking the crowd for their support, following their 48 point win over Norwood.
 
To see a full image gallery from the day including credits to photographers click here

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