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Hills Relay for Life

Plans are racing ahead for the 2024 Hills Relay For Life with the official launch scheduled for February 29th at Plus, FREE Power lumbar Upgrade* worth up to $500! Event Cinemas Castle Hill.

This will be the 23rd Hills Relay For Life event held in the Hills. The 24-hour event, held every May has so far raised more than $5 million for cancer research and support programs in that time.

Hills Relay For Life 2024 will again be held at Castle Hill Showground starting at 9am on Saturday May 18th with the first lap for survivors and carers at 10am. It will be followed by a packed program of entertainment and activities on the day. The moving candlelight Hope Ceremony will be held at 6pm.

On Sunday, May 19th dog morning returns. The last lap for the 2024 Hills Relay is just before 10am on Sunday May 19th.

The event is run by a committed team of community volunteers ranging in age from students to grandparents. Hills Relay chair Lisa Carruthers said it is a wonderful community event to be part of with the committee reflecting the diversity of the people who walk, run and visit Relay.

“When the Cancer Council first approached the Hills Community to run a Hills Relay For Life event in the Hills I don’t think anyone expected it to grow as much as it has.

Hills Relay For Life
Hills relay volunteer ruth didsbury presents a thank you certificate to kylie webster from castle towers and thea eduardo and courtney harkin.

“Last year the Hills Relay was the biggest event in Australia and raised $359,927. The Hills Relay For Life has also won a best NSW Volunteer team award from the Centre for Volunteering in Sydney North West region for two years in a row. We have amazing volunteers.”

The Christmas wrap held in Castle Towers for the three weeks leading up to Christmas Eve raised $26,740 in total and involved more than 100 volunteer wrappers.

Volunteer wrapping co-ordinator Ruth Didsbury presented a certificate to Castle Towers marketing team last week thanking them for their support in donating quality wrapping paper and ribbon enabling 100% of donations to go to the Cancer Council.

Lisa Carutters said the Hills Relay For Life had grown over the years from one 24-hour community event to several events run by teams and volunteers.

At the moment there are 31 teams registered in the 2024 Hills Relay For Life. If you want to register a team visit Registration is $20 per person until February 18th.

Registration for Children under 7 is free, Youth (8 to 13) is $15. Student and family registrations are also available. The launch is February 29th for Team Captains, sponsors and supporters.

The first Team information night will be March 12th. To find out more contact yvette.haines@ or call 9354 2007 or register online.

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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