Thetford will sell the United Haven Kids Under Cover custom-built caravan won by John Simmons of Thetford at the Melbourne Leisurefest draw and give all the proceeds raised to help Kids Under Cover. About $50,000 has already been raised through prize draw ticket sales for the Kids Under Cover Charity.
Irene Viergever Marketing Communication Coordinator Thetford said:
We believe Kids Under Cover needs the money much more than we need a caravan.
At Thetford we love the well-being of our Australian youth as much as we love leisure.
We believe that a fund like Kids Under Cover can never get enough support and that is why we will sell the caravan and donate all the raised proceeds to Kids Under Cover.
So become the lucky owner of this United Haven Caravan and help us to support Kids Under Cover. Please call Thetford on (03) 9358 0700 and ask for Irene if you are interested in buying this wonderful caravan.
$78990 prize is one-of-a-kind
The caravan industry in Victoria banded together to help build United Haven, a caravan that was raffled to raise money for Kids Under Cover. Kids Under Cover works to prevent youth homelessness by building homes and providing scholarships and mentors to at risk young people.
The team at Thetford supports initiatives like this and so they donated some of their high quality products to fit in to the caravan. Thetford staff all bought some raffle tickets as well. Luck was on Thetford's side at the Melbourne Leisurefest show: out of almost 35,000 sold tickets, the organizers, Caravan Industry Association Victoria, drew one of Thetford's as the winner of United Haven.
The United Haven benefits from the collective experience of its builders in the construction and fit-out of family caravans. This is notable in the placement of furniture and fittings in the caravan's layout.
It extends to three childrens bunks which include their own entertainment centres. The bunks are beside a full-size separate toilet and shower.
The adjustable shower head can be slid up or down to handle the needs of big or smaller people.
Kids entertainment built-in
There is a big fridge and freezer, good storage space and a stove which has an oven and grill plus an electric plate and three gas jets. The electrics, throughout the caravan are well placed and easy to use and monitor.
The TV is adjustable to be easily viewed from the master bed or by family seated around the adjustable dining table.
The Caravan Trade Industries Association of Victoria has been the voice of Victorias caravan and camping industry since 1952. Its current call to action is its Go Make Some Memories campaign. It was formed by a group of caravan manufacturers, hirers and private individuals with a keen interest in the 'family lifestyle' caravanning offers.
John Simmons with CIA Vic CEO Rob Lucas.
Ken Morgan OAM started Kids Under Cover in 1989 in response to a Senate National Inquiry into Youth Homelessness. Kids Under Cover says it provides homes and scholarships for homeless and at-risk youth.
The Kids Under Cover vision is for all young people to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Kids Under Cover responds to the needs of young people who are at risk of becoming homeless due to extreme conflict or overcrowding within the family home. Other issues which may intensify the need for Kids Under Cover services include mental health, disability, illicit drugs and alcohol and the housing affordability crisis.
Kids Under Cover focuses on early identification of issues and prevention of youth homelessness, creating a proactive rather than reactive approach to this complex issue. Kids Under Cover (ABN 76 604 592 013) Phone: (03) 9429 7444 Freecall: 1800 801 633 Fax: (03) 9429 6299 Postal Address: PO Box 3038, Richmond VIC 3121.
Pictured Kids Under Cover Custom built caravan prize winner Thetford Service Manager John Simmons (left) with CIAVic CEO Rob Lucas.
Editors Note: The 7th annual Melbourne Leisurefest attracted a record crowd of more than 31,000 people to Sandown Racecourse over four days.
Rob Lucas, CEO of CIA VIC, says he is thrilled with the turnout at Sandown.
Victoria is a spectacular place to travel in and there is no better way to see it than by caravanning or camping with family and friends, Rob Lucas said.
It was fantastic to see so many people at Melbourne Leisurefest experiencing the best our great industries have to offer.
More than 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest from the worlds of camping, caravanning, four-wheel driving, boating and fishing, crowds were treated to an amazing range of products as well as informative seminars and demonstrations. 2014 Melbourne Leisurefest highlights reel: