Santa trades sleigh for ute, delivers Icy Poles


Sir The Icy Pole Treat, in its 40th year, is aiming to give every kid in Alice Springs, including the kids at the hospital and the town camps, a visit from Santa at Christmas time.
This project involves sending out half a dozen utes with club members and volunteers dressed as Santa and his helpers, handing out icy poles to as many kids as possible in town (we aim for every kid).
The club relies on the good-will of friends, family and supporters to provide the human resources to get the project done.
It is a six-hour operation requiring an average of around 50 people driving up and down every street in our town.
This year APEX has been requested by the Alice Springs Town council to include a trip down Todd Mall while the markets are on.
So, look out for Santa lapping the neighbourhood near you on Sunday morning, December 8.
As you would understand, delivering community projects on this scale is extremely difficult with a handful of members, therefore we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our helpers and the companies that have yet again supported the Apex Club of Central Australia this year.
They are: Lasseter’s Hotel and Casino, Southern Cross Television, Lion Nathan, Smimac Food Wholesalers (Nestle Peters), M&M Electrical Alice Springs, The Peter Kittle Motor Company, Origin Energy, Flavell Plumbing, Chubb Fire Safety, Asprint, Camels Australia, Dennis Orr Camels, Jasp Security, NTFS, Toll, Outback Vehicle Recovery & Ngaanyatarra Council Aboriginal Corporation.
Our thanks also go to the NT Dept. of Transport and the NT Police for their cooperation.
So on Sunday if you hear the bells and see Santa on the back of a ute you are not going crazy, it’s just an Alice Springs Christmas tradition from your APEX Club Of Central Australia that happens every year.
Ben Crawford on 8959 5101 or  0438 203 145
Steve Langdon on 0417 666005 or 8951 8803.
Apex Club Central Australia, Club 677.


  1. Thanks for the great article Erwin. I hope the whole town enjoys this iconic Centralian event. I congratulate all APEX members for their efforts.
    Can I please urge all motorists to be really mindful around the streets on Sunday morning, as these Santas are on slow moving sleighs, and there will be lots of excited kids, please slow down and take care.
    Apex is always on the lookout for active men and women between 18 and 45 who love this sort of community involvement.


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