Charity event an uplifting community experience

THE second charity event, which featured markets and carols, raised funds for Hills children's charities Lifestart and Woodbury at Balcombe Heights Estate in Baulkham Hills and Tallowood School at Kellyville.

All three support children with special needs and provide early intervention.

The event was co-ordinated by St Paul's Anglican Church Castle Hill, St Bernadette's Catholic Church and Wesley Uniting Church and officially opened by Lauren Huxley, who survived a violent attack in 2005, and Eels skipper Tim Mannah.

It was sponsored by Castle Hill RSL, Castle Towers, Mercedes-Benz Parramatta, McDonald's, Event Cinemas and Bella Vista Farm.

Chairman Gareth McCray thanked the community for its generosity.

"We came together as a community and celebrated the true meaning of Christmas," Mr McCray said.

"In addition, bring a gift of support to some very special children in our community.

"We are indebted to the depth of commitment that our family of corporate citizens are prepared to lend a hand.

"The Hills is truly blessed that we do indeed all work together to the betterment of us all."

Lifestart chief executive Suzanne Becker said the organisation was fortunate to be one of the three charities involved.

"Christmas in The Hills was a wonderful display of community coming together to celebrate the festive season and support charities to reflect the true meaning of giving," Ms Becker said.

"Lifestart would like to thank the organisers and the community for providing a collaborative event to help not only support organisations raise money, but also raise awareness of the work and support available."

Woodbury administrator Karyn McNeil said she was overwhelmed by the support.

"I couldn't believe the number of people who came to the event and they all had a smile on their face," Ms McNeil said.

"The community came together in the spirit of Christmas and helped children within their community who need their support."

Tallowood School principal Carol Robson agreed.

"The event was an uplifting community experience," Ms Robson said.

Woodbury also made a profit of $1421 on glow products and candle sales.

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