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OTR Grid Girls Given Wholesome Makeover

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Grid girls have been given a wholesome makeover for this weekend’s OTR Supersprint at the Bend.

Community Grid Walk Ambassadors are taking over the role of traditional grid girls at the event in Tailem Bend.

Each of OTR's 24 community partners will be represented on the grid by the race-going public who support those charities via the OTR App. The Royal Flying Doctors Service, Guide Dogs SA/NT, and KickStart for Kids will be among the organisations represented.

OTR’s Head of Community Partnerships& PR, Joann Skene said each ambassador will accompany the V8 Supercars Race Drivers on track, prior to the main Supercars race on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

"We anticipate that this will be an ongoing tradition for OTR Supersprint and OTRGive. What better way to bring community back into motorsport than flying the flag for your favourite charity in front of a national audience!”

Following are the 24 community groupsthat OTRGive supports:

AnglicareSA – supports the Star Bear program, to provide to grief support to children who have lost a parent or significant family member.

Canteen – runs overnight programs focusing on psychological needs for those who have been affected by cancer.

Catherine House – provides accommodation and support for women experiencing homelessness.

CFS Foundation – helps to purchase defibrillators and provide support to CFS volunteers.

Flinders Foundation - supports medical research and patient care across the Flinders Medical precinct.

Foodbank SA – provides meals to disadvantaged families, kids and the elderly in South Australia.

Guide Dogs SA/NT – supports a life skills camp program, allowing youth with vision impairment to connect to each other.

Hutt Street Centre – provides starter packs to young families moving off the streets and into housing.

KickStart for Kids – provides mentoring and support through their breakfast program, which feeds disadvantaged & hungry kids going to school.

Leukaemia Foundation –gives support to families experiencing blood cancer.

Little Heroes - supports seriously ill children and their families.

Make-A-Wish – granting wishes to children with critical illnesses.

Novita – expanding services for people living with disabilities across regional areas in South Australia.

Operation Flinders – provides at risk youth the opportunity to change their life through mentoring and an intervention program in the Flinders Ranges

Royal Flying Doctors Service – keeps intensive care units flying in the sky to support all regional Australians with medical treatment.

RSPCASA – provides care to SA boarding animals, including food, desexing, microchipping and vet care.

Sammy D Foundation – works to keep young people safe through bullying, drug, and alcohol prevention programs.

Skylight – provides mental health and wellbeing services.

St John Ambulance SA – provides first aid training to kids in South Australian schools.

Surf Lifesaving SA – bringing the “On the same wave” program to the community.

The Salvation Army – assists families in South Australia.

Variety The Children’s Charity SA – raising funds to provide a wheelchair access vehicle to families in need.

WCH Foundation – bringing the ‘Arts in Health’ Play Therapy program to kids in hospital.

Zoos SA – creates new and exciting exhibits for animals to stimulate their environment.

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