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Hornsby Relay for Life

Local community leaders gathered in Hornsby Heights last week to lend their support for this year's Hornsby Kuring-gai Relay for Life fundraiser on November 2.

Hornsby State Liberal MP Matt Kean was named by organisers as the 2013 patron for the Cancer Council event.

"I was honoured to named as a patron because the Cancer Council does so much good work in our community," Mr Kean said.

"I'd like to urge others to get involved early by pre-registering before this year's relay on November 2 at Rofe Park.

Last year the Relay raised over $100,000 for cancer research and support for victims and their families. Organisers are hoping to beat their previous fundraising mark and draw a bigger crowd than last year's event which topped 600 visitors.

Co-Chair Relay organisers Stephanie Lam and Cameron Russell have asked the local business community to donate and organise a team to walk in the 24 hour relay.

"Our main aim is to create a community festival of fun and get as many people participating as possible," Ms Lam said.

Hornsby Shire mayor Steve Russell and A Ward councillor Nathan Tilbury also attended the announcement with Mr Kean.

The two councillors are long-time local supporters of the event and were on hand to accept their purple Relay T-shirts last week.

Mr Russell said he had a soft spot for the charity as last year's Relay was his first official event as the Shire's new mayor.

"The Hornsby Relay for Life has been going for 11 years and has quickly established itself as one of our favourite annual community gatherings," Mr Russell said.

Businesses and residents looking to make a donation or form a Relay team can pre-register online at