THE News is counting on community support to help give children the best start in life.
In this year's Hills News M2 Run for the Hills, on Sunday, October 20, all money raised will go to Lifestart, an organisation that provides early childhood intervention for children with disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism.
Lifestart program co-ordinator Liz Leggett said the funds raised would help to expand services in The Hills after the state government announced early intervention services would now cover children up to eight years old. They previously covered children aged up to six.
"We're absolutely thrilled we've been chosen as the beneficiary," Ms Leggett said.
"We want the money the community has raised to stay within the community."
More than 50 Lifestart volunteers will attend on the day and some of their families will run in the event.
Event organiser Reach for the Rainbow supports charities like Lifestart.
Founder Yvonne Keane said Lifestart performs one small miracle at a time. "The hope, joy and support that they provide to families of children with a disability and delayed development is remarkable," she said.
The 8-kilometre fun run will start and finish on Main Street, Castle Hill.
It will be followed by a festival, from 10am-4pm, featuring Sydney Designer Markets, free rides, a kids' zoo, showbags, a sausage sizzle, live entertainment and a free movie screening, courtesy of event partner Castle Towers.
To register or donate: runforthehills.com.au