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Dogs have their own hour at Hills Relay For Life

Dogs big and small will be moving their paws for a cause as official participants in this year’s Hills Relay For Life at Castle Hill Showground on May 21.

Article by: Bev Jordan at Daily Telegraphy, Hills Shire Times

The Dog Hour, which starts at 1.30pm, will be the first time dogs have been an official part of the Cancer Council fundraiser which has been held in the Hills for 15 years.

Dog owner and chair of the 2016 Hills Relay For Life organising committee Lynne Pike said she was thrilled that the Dog Hour was happening.

“Dogs are such an important part of the healing process,” she said.

The beautifully behaved Jazz is part of the Colourful Fun Team.

Owner and relay committee member Ruth Didsbury said: “It will be nice to have the whole family at Relay for that hour. It’s a family event and Jazz is part of our family.”

Siggy Grima from Kellyville Pets which is sponsoring Dog Hour said the family’s dog Shadow would be there on the day.

“Relay has been a dog free event so we have wanted to have a Dog Hour for many years. Dogs are an important part of people’s lives and an important part of the recovery process,” she said.

Greg Aird who has been part of the Hills Relay For Life for 15 years said it was great that he could bring the family’s labrador, Prince.

The Hills Relay For Life has raised $3.5 million since 2001 for Cancer Council research and support programs.

The 24-hour event kicks off at 9.30am. The first lap is for cancer survivors and carers and will be followed by a special morning tea supplied and served by Soroptimists International of the Hills.

There will be all day entertainment, the Dog Hour at 1.30pm, a world record attempt at The Nutbush (259 people need to be registered) at 4pm, the candlelight ceremony or remembrance at 6pm.

Registration for the Hills Relay For Life is $20 and includes a purple relay shirt. To register a team or to donate visit www.relayforlife.org.au and search for Hills 2016.

There is no cost to register your dog for relay but they must be registered to take part and are only allowed on a designated track for an hour from 1.30pm.

To register your dog visit bit.ly/HRFLDH or call 9354 2008.