Christmas in the Hills Ambassadors

PARRAMATTA Eels player Tim Mannah and Lauren Huxley are the two ambassadors for Christmas in the Hills this year.

Ms Huxley, who survived a brutal attack in her Northmead home in 2005, will join Mr Mannah on stage to officially open the family event.

Now 26, Ms Huxley is getting her life back: travelling the world, working at a finance company and telling others her story of hope which includes learning how to walk, talk and drive all over again.

"Christmas is a time for hope and families coming together," she said.

"I like to give hope to others."

Committee chairman Gareth McCray said Ms Huxley and Mr Mannah were ideal ambassadors for the event.

"Lauren's journey, in many ways, parallels the special children that we are raising funds for this year," he said.

"Lauren has pushed through so many barriers which is a great testament to her strength and courage.

"[She] has undertaken an amazing journey since that attack at home and left for dead.

"Lauren is a real symbol of hope for us all this Christmas."

Of Mr Mannah, Mr McCray said: "I am very aware at how many requests our elite sportspeople get to attend certain functions," he said.

"I feel very humble that Tim, an elite sportsman with many wonderful gifts, is able to fit us into his schedule, especially at Christmas."

Christmas in The Hills is on Wednesday, December 18, at Bella Vista Farm. The family event, co-ordinated by St Paul’s Anglican, St Bernadette’s Catholic and Wesley Uniting churches and Parramatta Salvation Army, will include Christmas markets and carols by candlelight from 3pm. 

It will be officially opened by Lauren Huxley and Parramatta Eels player Tim Mannah.

Tickets: $5 or $15 a family, at or at the gate.

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