- Keegan Thomson
Local charity is biggest Relay fundraiser
HELPING HANDS, a local cancer cure and prevention charity, has been named as the biggest relay for Life fundraiser in the state.
To date the group has raised more than $140,000 through year round charity work, Kim Hicks the groups Team Leader told nepean news.
Last July the group were celebrated and recognised, for their continuous efforts in Cancer Council relay for Life fundraising, when it was announced at the relay for Life summit that Helping Hands was the highest fundraising team in all of new south Wales for 2016.
Mrs Hicks said Helping Hands was able to raise the large amount of funds because of the constant charity work and fundraising events they hold throughout the year. she said the group holds two high tea and craft market events per year as well as games nights, dinners, suppers.
Made up of 18 full time members, Helping Hands swells to around 40 participants during the relay and has been participating in the walk since 2012. The team is made up of those fighting cancer, those who have survived, carers and those doing it in memory of loved ones lost.
Last week the team held their first successful fundraiser event in partnership with Coffee Club nepean Village and Our Community Cares, a local charity, in support of improved patient comfort at nepean Cancer Care Centre.
The team’s philosophy is that ‘the dollar you spend today, could be your cure tomorrow’ and with that in mind they would like to encourage anyone wishing to support the team's ongoing work or wishing to find out more about the team, to contact them through their Facebook page at Helping Hands for the Cancer Council.
The group would like to thank their sponsors; Outwest Party Hire, Mann and noble, Outback steakhouse, K&A Meats, Jules read Jewellery, Panther Travel, Godwin Belcastro, nicolette’s Fashion, Ferndale Crafters, Four-tunate quartet, Llandilo Fruit Market, Ws TAFe, 1300 Flowers, Bondi Chai, Anathoth Farms, IGA Llandilo, st Mary’s rsL Bowlers, Dan Murphy’s, Hello World Travel and Mission Australia - Kingswood.