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Relay Christmas Wrap

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67173″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Bev Jordan[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
A mammoth $27,289 was raised by volunteers for the Cancer Council at Castle Towers in December in 19 days of Christmas wrapping leading up to Christmas Eve.

Hills Relay For Life volunteer Ruth Didsbury who co-ordinated the wrap said they were overjoyed by the result which was more than 25% higher than last year’s record-breaking figure.

More than 100 people gave up their time to support the wrapping station over the 205 hours that it was operating.

Ruth thanked Castle Towers Management who donated the quality paper and ribbons for the annual Christmas wrap, the shoppers who had their gifts wrapped and donated to the Cancer Council and the volunteers who made the wrap possible.

Relay Volunteers During A Rare Lull Relay Christmas Wrap

“If it wasn’t for the volunteers we couldn’t have reached this amazing total,” she said.

“Our volunteers included a number of Castle Hill High students, we also had a couple of men who volunteered to Christmas wrap, some mother and daughter teams and grandparents.

“Quite a few people actually sought us out to have their presents wrapped as they appreciated the wrapping last year and thought it was a wonderful idea plus such a great cause.

“Some people, who were in a position to do so, gave very generous donations which was, greatly appreciated.”

Volunteers had wrapping skills tested with Katanas (swords), several unicorns and dinosaurs, bonsai plants and fishing rods plus numerous hard-to disguise sports equipment.

The Christmas Wrapping at Castle Towers is organised by the Hills Relay For Life, a Hillsbased community organising committee which raises funds for the Cancer Council NSW.

The 2023 Hills Relay For Life will be held at Castle Hill Showground on Saturday May 20th from 9am. The 24-hour event raises funds for Cancer Council research and support programs.

This year’s Hills Relay will be the 22nd in the Hills.

To register a team in the Hills Relay visit For further details email [email protected] or phone 9354 2078. Individual registration is $15 until February 9th.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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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