Variety Kids' Surprise Party

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Each year South Australian kids in need are treated to a day full of fun with; entertainment, dancing, activities, snacks, lunch, and the chance to meet and greet with their favourite characters at the Variety Kids’ Surprise Party.

2,000 Heroes in Action at the Variety Kids’ Party!

More than 1,300 children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, together with more than 600 carers and volunteers attended SA’s eighth annual Variety Kids’ Surprise Party today, in the warmth of the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Special schools and classes from around the state gathered for a fun filled day with face painters, airbrush tattooists, balloon animals, SANFL handball activities, photo booths and liberty swings for children in wheelchairs. Meanwhile, kids’ were singing and dancing along to interactive musical performances live on stage from SeaStar Rock and COOL 4 KIDS.

Thanks to the Variety Showdown Shield partnership, the Adelaide Football Club and Port Adelaide Football Club mascots were a huge hit with the kids, alongside the Variety Bear, Mr Fruchoc and a few other characters in attendance.

For many of the children attending, this is one of only a few outings they are able to have each year due to their special needs or family circumstances making a regular day out nearly impossible.

Special thanks to the Variety in Action Committee and all of the other wonderful volunteers, to SEM Group of Companies for the traffic management, St John Ambulance | SA, a fantastic group from Anglicare SA who took care of the quiet room, Torrens Parade Ground for the bus parking, and to the Adelaide Convention Centre for donating the venue. The kids had a ball!

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Volunteer to Assist

If you would like to Volunteer to assist with Variety SA Kids’ Experiences please:

  1. Download and complete the National Police Certificate Application click here
  2. Take this form, together with your Proof of Identification, to your local Police Station.
  3. Once these forms have been verified by SAPOL, send all forms to Variety:
    Attention: Tanya Apostolopoulos
    Variety – the Children’s Charity Tent 75 South Australia
    PO Box 1235, Marleston, SA, 5033
    or Fax:
    Attention: Tanya Apostolopoulos
    8293 8725
    or Email:
    Tanya Apostolopoulos
    Phone 8293 8744 with any queries
  4. Variety will sign the forms and send them to SAPOL on your behalf. Please note that there is no fee payable as you are volunteering with children.
  5. SAPOL will then post the original certificate to you.
  6. Send a copy of the certificate to Variety at the above address.

We thank you for your assistance.