By Bev Jordan
Hills Relay For Life celebrates its 20th Birthday at Castle Hill on Saturday May 15, making it one of the longest running Cancer Council Relay events in Australia.
While it may be slightly different from previous events, thanks to COVID restrictions, Hope is still at the heart of this annual celebration of life which raises vital funds for cancer research and support.
2021 Chair of the Hills Relay For Life Lisa Carruthers said that despite COVID restrictions shortening the Hills Relay to a five-hour event, between 3pm and 8pm at Castle Hill Showground it will retain the highlights of the previous events including a candlelight ceremony of Hope.
Lisa experienced her first Hills Relay For Life six years ago as a sponsor.
“It was possibly the first event I could take my family too that was raising money for all types of cancer. My mother had cancer herself so it was very special to do something to honour my mother with the whole family.”
She has since lost an aunt and a cousin to cancer. “Anything we can do to help fundraise is very important for my family.”
She said the community event will include an opening ceremony, a 20th birthday celebrations, walking on the track, on stage entertainment, the major raffle draw, a candlelight ceremony. The headshave will feature 23-year-old Karenza de Leon who will be having all 86 cms of her hair shaved off to raise funds for cancer research.
The evening will end at 8pm with a 20thbirthday firework display donated by DazzleFX Fireworks and Karen D’Angola Di Jones Real Estate.
This year’s event is a ticket only affair so participants need to be registered with a Hills Relay For Life Team to be able to book a ticket at the event.
To join a team or form a team visit the Hills Relay For Life website cancercouncil. org.au and search for Hills Relay For Life.
There is also a team called Join the Club for those without a team of their own.
Teams are also being encouraged to Relay My Way throughout the month of May by tackling a series of daily challenges with friends and family.
For more details email Yvette.Haines@nswcc.org.au or call 9354 2011.
Hills Relay For Life volunteers will be at Castle Towers shopping centre from Tuesday May 4 to Saturday May 8 between opening times wrapping gifts for Mother’s Day for a gold coin donation. Paper and ribbon have been supplied by Castle Towers so all money raised will go to the Cancer Council. Level 3 near Peter Alexander, Haigh’s Chocolates and Myer.
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