Hills Relay for Life launched in style

MORE than 450 people flocked to Event Cinemas Castle Hill last night for the launch of the Hills Relay for Life 2013.

Guests included sponsors, supporters, The Soroptimist International of The Hills (who put on the Survivors Morning Tea at every Hills Relay for Life event) and even the US Consul General in Sydney, Niels Marquardt and wife Judi.

‘‘I’m delighted to be here with you to share this moment,’’ Mr Marquardt said.

During his speech he gave guests a brief synopsis of new American historical drama Lincoln, which they were about to watch.

‘‘I did see it last week but am glad to watch it again,’’ he told the crowd, who were also treated to a rendition of the United States of America’s national anthem The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as our own anthem, by singers from The Sister2Sister School of Singing in Castle Hill.

The Hills Relay for Life will be on the weekend of May 4 and 5 at — for the first time — Wrights Road Reserve, Kellyville.

So grab your friends, family or colleagues and make a team.

Relayers will take turns to walk as many, or as few, steps as they like for 24 hours.

‘‘Our overarching message is ‘May the 4th be with you’ and ‘fight back’,’’ said Denise Daynes, who is co-chair of The Hills Relay for Life Organising Committee with Hills mayor Dr Michelle Byrne.

Hence the surprise guests at last night’s launch — Star Wars figures, who greeted guests at the door to the cinema.

Details: http://hillsrelayforlife.com

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