Hawkesbury Relay For Life 2017: bargains and entertainment at Hawkesbury Showground

THERE are many ways the community can support Hawkesbury Relay For Life and help raise money for the Cancer Council, including donating to or buying from an op shop stall.

South Windsor resident Anita Ritzrow, team captain of the Firebreathing Rubber Duckies, is seeking donations of unwanted items of clothing for her op shop stall, which she will host over the weekend of September 9 and 10 during the Relay at Hawkesbury Showground.

Hawkesbury Relay For Life aims to raise $130,000 for Cancer Council NSW, and it is teams like the Firebreathing Rubber Duckies that do the hard yards to contribute to the effort.

Ms Ritzrow and her family have been involved with Relay for the past four years.

“We started because my daughter Grace wanted to do something for her ‘Nanna’, my mother Lyn Glover, who was receiving treatment for bowel cancer,” she said.

“There has been a lot of cancer in my family. My mother and my uncle are both cancer survivors.”

Ms Ritzrow said her op shop stall was sure to be a hit with relay participants as “most people love an op shop.”

“People can bring along a few gold coins and grab themselves a bargain. Any item of clothing, except for underwear, can be donated, from kids sizes up. Leftover clothing will be donated to the cancer op shop in Penrith,” she said.

People keen to donate clothing can contact Ms Ritzrow on 0455 730 724 or hogeranita@gmail.com.

Relay entertainment

Whether you’re taking part in the 2017 Relay or supporting a team, there will be lots of entertainment for kids and adults.

There will be live music and entertainment onstage from 10.15am to 10pm on Saturday, including performances from Don’t Think Twice, Tom Williams Moore, Shannon, Rough Stock, The Blaggards, Will and Garth, Shannon Kenny Breakdown, Rogue Syndicate and the Orca Band.

A one-stop-shop health expo will operate from 10am to 2pm, providing information from health professionals and support groups.

Children’s activities include an inflatable dart board, bungee run and jumping castle, storytelling with Puddles the Dragon, a wildlife show at 11am, kids yoga, kiddy carts, Bop Along Buddies, emergency services displays, a craft tent, face painting and more.

The 2017 Hawkesbury Relay For Life will take place from 9.30am Saturday, September 9 to 10am Sunday, September 10, at the Showground, which is located on Racecourse Road in Clarendon.

It’s not too late to register: visit relayforlife.org.au/hawkesbury up until the day of the event, or register on-site on either day. Registration is $20 and people receive a Relay For Life shirt.