The fundraising match has become an annual tradition for the Bulldogs, raising money to support kids, young people and adults living with disability and the vital services and supports they receive from Novita.
The Hostplus SANFL round 17 clash kicks off at 1.35pm and will be telecast by Channel 7, with the Bulldogs out for revenge after Norwood won last year’s charity match by 32 points.
It will also be a special day for nine-year-old Alex Kouts, who will be Novita’s ambassador for the match. Alex will address the club’s pre-match lunch and will be involved in the coin toss before the match.
Novita and its assistive technology business unit NovitaTech support Alex with his walking, strength, endurance, and mobility, and he has been making a name for himself as the youngest player in the Novita SANFL Wheelchair Football League.
“I really like playing football, and I was excited when they told me I got into the Woodville-West Torrens team. It’s great when I kick a couple of goals,” says Alex.
Novita’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Ward says the money raised from the charity match will support Alex and the thousands of Novita clients and families throughout SA and in Broken Hill.
“Novita has always had a strong presence in northern Adelaide, with one of our largest therapy hubs just down the road from X Convenience Oval. We continue to be very grateful for the many years of support we have received from the Bulldogs and their members and supporters,” says Mr Ward.
“The charity football match is a highlight of our annual fundraising calendar, with the money raised helping us to support our clients and families with the latest equipment, therapy techniques, accommodation, and community programs, such as the Novita SANFL Wheelchair Football League,”