Thousands of people flocked to Castle Hill Showground on 19-20 May to remember, celebrate and fightback. The 17th annual Hills Relay For Life was a splash of colour as the Hills community gathered to make a difference to the cancer story.
The event looks to have raised more than $300,000 pushing the total raised by the Hills community to over $4million in the past 17 years for cancer research and support programs in the Hills. Schools, service groups, businesses, churches plus family and friends ensured a day full of fun from the all-day entertainment on stage to the trackside sideshows including a climbing wall, golf, bowling, puzzle chests and more. Highlights including the Survivors and Carers lap at 10am, the 3am hat parade, a Zumba Flashdance, 6pm candlelight ceremony and Sunday’s dog morning.
Hills Relay For Life chairwoman Michelle Sollom said: “It was wonderful to see such a varied cross section of the Hills Community coming together to support the vital work of the NSW Cancer Council. All generations were represented from The Wesley Church Preschool who created the HOPE banner for this year’s candlelight ceremony, to the Soroptimist International of the Hills providing the Survivors and Carer’s Morning Tea. I believe one of the strengths of the Hills Relay is the inclusiveness of the event.
From this year’s 128 registered teams, we welcomed new Relayers from Norwest Disability Services who participated in a surprise flashmob, side by side with 14 local Preschools, Primary schools and High Schools joining in the fun of Hills Relay 2018.
Our volunteer committee is also multi-generational with members age ranging from 17 years to 70s