Youngsters happy to be helpers

WITH the Hills News Hills M2 Run for the Hills charity event just around the corner, organisers are relying heavily on the hard work of more than 80 volunteers from local groups. 

THE October 7 event, organised by Reach for the Rainbow, aims to raise $100,000 as part of its goal to fund a world-first early intervention hub, where parents of children with a disability can get help from specialists.

"We are absolutely overwhelmed with the phenomenal volunteer support we have received," said co-ordinator of the event and current people's choice NSW Woman of the Year, Yvonne Keane.

"They are the backbone of Run for the Hills," Mrs Keane said.

"Without their support we simply could not stage this event."

One major contributor has been the Rotary Club of Castle Hill, which has worked with the charity for eight months.

Rotarian Mike Blair said the club was "delighted" to throw support, and volunteers, behind the event.

"It is a truly worthy cause and we are proud to be foundation partners," he said.

A small army of helpers from the Hills Adventist School will do everything from collecting donations to handing water bottles to passing runners.

"I'm really looking forward to helping out," said year 10 student, Jessica Shipton.

"The only thing you get back is happiness."

Classmate Lyiona Innis wants to be "a good example to [her] school".

On the Castle Hill main street, where the run starts and finishes, there will be a free all-day festival for families hosted by Castle Towers, featuring carnival rides, an animal farm and a giant AMF bowling set, as well as a free music concert, headlined by Prinnie and Mahalia from The Voice.

Details: runforthehills.com.au.

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