Hills news in brief

Blood needed

The Australian Red Cross Mobile Blood Service will visit Woolworths Bella Vista next week.

They will visit on Monday, 8.30am-2pm; Tuesday, February 18, 8.30am-2pm; Wednesday, February 19, 10am-3.30pm and Thursday, February 20, 10am-3.30pm.

One in three Australians will need blood, but only one in 30 donates. Donated blood helps cancer patients, people with blood disorders, pregnant women and newborn babies, as well as trauma and surgical patients.

Bookings: 131 495.

Community grants

Stockland Baulkham Hills has launched a community grant program.

Community groups can apply for $1000 grants to help support community facilities, community-based programs and opportunities. Five groups will be selected to receive $1000. Entries close February 28.

The best applications will be shortlisted based on a range of criteria relating to the key community focus areas of health and wellbeing; lifelong learning and prosperity and sense of belonging and vitality.

Residents can then vote online or in centre for the most deserving recipients. Details: stockland.com.au/communitygrants.

Now hear this

The Australian Hearing Bus is coming to Dural and Glenhaven tomorrow (Wednesday) to raise hearing health awareness and give free hearing checks.

The bus will have information on listening devices around the home.

Details: 9am-noon at Dural Shopping Mall, Kenthurst Road and 1pm-4pm at Living Choice Glenhaven, 15 Old Northern Road, Glenhaven.

Details: hearing.com.au.

School upgrades

FIVE Hornsby schools have had facelifts before the start of the school year.

Hornsby MP Matt Kean said essential works worth $236,000 were carried out over the holidays.

Concreting and ground works were carried out at Galston Public School and maintenance works were carried out at Cherrybrook Technology High School, he said.

Volunteers needed

HillsCarPal needs more volunteers to take calls from seniors who don't have online access.

The online facilitators make Ride Requests on Facebook on behalf of HillsCarPal clients.

This means that while a senior may not be able to go online, they are not excluded from being able to get out with a HillsCarPal Ride.

You must be 18 or older, and there will be a police check.

Details: hillscarpal.org.au.

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