COMMUNITY DIARY | Fairfield Relay hopes to break million-dollar barrier

The Hope ceremony is a highlight of the Fairfield Relay for Life.
The Hope ceremony is a highlight of the Fairfield Relay for Life.

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Ready, set relay!

The Fairfield Relay for Life has a new home but the same desire to raise money for Cancer Council NSW.

In fact, if this year's event on November 16 and 17, reaches its target of $120,000 they will have raised a total of $1 million since it started 13 years ago.

The dunk Challenge is at 11am on Saturday and is one of the fun events planned for the 24-hour Fairfield Relay For Life which starts at 9.30am.

Some of the highlights include the Survivors' and Carers' Lap led by the police marching band at 10am, the box car rally at 2pm and Hope ceremony at 8pm.

Sunday is dog day with relayers invited to register their dogs to join in laps from 7.30am to the final lap at 10am.

All the money raised will go to Cancer Council's world-class research, prevention, advocacy and support services including the Enriching Survivorship living well after cancer program at Liverpool Hospital and the 131 120 cancer support line.

THURSDAY

Gyms in Parks: This free six week exercise program is led by qualified fitness instructors who will demonstrate how to use fitness equipment at Fairfield Park. They are able to adapt the program to your ability. Every Tuesday and Thursday until December 5 from 9.30am to 10.30am. Details/register: 9725 0222, eventbrite.com.au/e/gyms-in-parks-fairfield-park-tickets-76693256595

Free courses: Run by Cabramatta CORE Community Services in basic English, computers, community services certificate 2. Suhair, 0472 879 279.

Supported playgroup: Fairfield Council offers a free playgroup to families with a young child with developmental delay or disability at Bonnyrigg Early Learning Centre, Thursdays, 10am-noon. Stay and play in a safe environment designed for your child. Sessions include specialist therapy supports targeted to your child. 9724 7948.

Craft group: Run by Parks Community Network, 9.30am-11.30am, Thursdays at Prairiewood Youth and Community Centre. Cost: $5. 9609 7400.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Meet Thursdays, noon-1.30pm, 1 Dale Street, Fairfield. Organised by Oakdene House Foundation, which advocates abstinence as a path to recovery and supports the 12-step programs of addiction. Oakdene is smoke-free, drug-free, alcohol-free. Free entry. Mark Henson, 0410 714 510.

Bike rides: Thursdays, 9.30am-noon, from the WSCN bike shed at the back of Fairfield showground, off Moonlight Road, Prairiewood. Up to 30 kilometres of easy, slow-paced social riding with coffee stop before return. Must have a roadworthy bike and obey all road rules. Under-18s to be with an adult. Free. Bob Ward, 9724 1520.

FRIDAY

Australia Day awards: Nominations close today for the 2020 Australia Day Community Awards. Award categories include: Citizen of the Year (25 years and over), Young Citizen of the Year (12 to 24 years), Volunteer of the Year (12 years and over) and Sports Achiever of the Year (12 years and over). Nominate:fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/australiaday.

Senior walkers: Meet at the back of Fairfield Leisure Centre car park on Vine Street, Fridays at 9.30am for walks of 45 to 60 minutes. Robert, 0422 933 612, 9724 1520.

Crafties Social Group: At Westacott Cottage, 107 Railway Parade, Canley Vale. Bring knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving, patchwork, paper craft, scrapbooking, beading for company, chat, fun, coffee and share ideas and knowledge. Fridays, 9.30am-noon and first Saturday each month (not public-holiday weekends), 9.30am-noon. Cost: $2. All welcome. Nerida, 0403 270 213.

Spanish book club: Club Literario en Espanol (Castellano), 11am-1pm on the first Friday of the month at Bonnyrigg library, Bonnyrigg Place, Bonnyrigg Avenue. For those who enjoy talking about books. You need a current library card. Free entry. Maria Rosa Lopez, 9725 0339.

Yoga class: Fridays, Cecil Hills Community Centre, 5 Sandringham Drive, 10am-11am. Learn from a qualified and experienced instructor how to master yoga. Cost: $8. Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, 9600 0600.

SATURDAY

McHappy Day: McHappy Day is the largest fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and raises much needed funds that help keep families together when their child is seriously ill or injured. $2 from every Big Mac sold on November 16 goes directly to RMHC.

Protect the park: Fairfield Indigenous Flora Park on the banks of Orphan School Creek needs volunteers for a working bee on on Saturday, November 16 from 9am-noon. The park is one of the few remnant bushland areas in Fairfield and contains a critically endangered ecological community called Cumberland Plain Woodland which is a vital habitat for native animals and invertebrates. The park relies on volunteers to help protect it. Meet at Christie Street, Prairiewood, off Moonlight Road. Details: Bob Ward, 9724 1520.

Assyrian language classes: Assyrian Australian Association classes at Assyrian Diqlat School. Saturdays, 10am-1pm, Fairfield High School, Horsley Drive and St Johns Park High School, Mimosa Road. For 5 to adult. Khanna, secretary@assyrianaustralian.org.au, assyrianaustralian.org.au, 0417 555 002.

Fairfield City Markets: Saturdays, 9am-4pm, Fairfield Showground covered area behind grandstands. More than 600 stalls, free entry and lots of parking. Goods range from clothing and toys to groceries and household items. Enter via Smithfield Road, Prairiewood. Stall availability: 9725 2333.

SUNDAY

Fairfield Better Together Runners Club: A free, weekly, a little over fiver-kilometre timed run or walk for all abilities. The course starts at the obstacle course at Fairfield Park and finishes at Honour Avenue, Vine Street. It starts at 8am and the run or walk should take less than anhour.

Ceroc modern jive partner dancing: Sundays at Mounties, 101 Meadows Road, Mount Pritchard on Sundays, 6.30pm-9pm. No partner required, no experience necessary, beginners welcome. Details: Nicky, Ceroc & Modern Jive Dance Company, ceroc.com.au.

Sydney Bazaar & Thrift Stall: Drop off unwanted items, collect your cash when sold. No commissions. Once sold come in and collect your cash or they EFT you the money. Sundays from 8am, 1895 Camden Valley Way, Horningsea Park (Prestons). sydneybazaar.com.

MONDAY

Social tennis for retirees: Mondays 9am-noon and Tuesdays 9am-11am at Club Marconi Tennis Centre. Stewart Whicker, head coach/program director, Marconi Tennis & Squash, swhicker@bigpond.net.au, 0412 571 963.

Kids' Yoga: Keep your kids active this season. Yoga classes each Monday, to December 9, 3.45pm-4.45pm, at CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Kids, please bring your own non-slippery mat. $3 donation per class. Details, bookings: 8707 0637.

Learn Spanish: Amistad Latina Spanish School offers classes every Monday for children aged 5-15 at Fairfield High School, The Horsley Drive, 3.50pm-5.50pm. Sponsored by Federation of Community Languages and Department of Education. Daniel Bernal, 0417 426 881.

Fill your pantry: Anglicare Sydney, with St Johns Park Anglican Church, has a Mobile Community Pantry. Once a fortnight (November 11 and 25) , a van drives to the church at 73 Edensor Park, St Johns Park, to distribute affordable fresh food to those who need to stretch their budget further. For a $10 contribution.

English classes: Free conversational classes on Mondays, 11.15am-12.15pm, at CORE Community Services, 41 Peel Street, Canley Heights. Julie, 9728 4973.

TUESDAY

Social tennis for retirees: Mondays 9am-noon and Tuesdays 9am-11am at Club Marconi Tennis Centre. Stewart Whicker, head coach/program director, Marconi Tennis & Squash, swhicker@bigpond.net.au, 0412 571 963.

Free Active Woman Group: At Fairfield Women's Health Service on Tuesdays 11am-12.30pm (school terms), in Arthur West Memorial Hall, McBurney Road, Cabramatta (behind PCYC). Bookings (essential): swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, Fairfield Women's Health Service, 9755 0008.

Women's group: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Group at Bonnyrigg Community Centre, 1pm-3pm, the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For women living in Fairfield. Activities include arts and craft and yarning. Free entry. Cathy, 0414 336 785, Wendy, 0414 964 657.

Art group: Meets on Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, at Canley Heights RSL, 26 Humphries Road, Wakeley. Paint in oils, acrylics, water paints. Members bring their own canvas and paints. New members welcome. Cost: $2. Joan, 0410 437 566.

WEDNESDAY

Vietnamese Cultural Group: On Wednesdays, free support and information on women's health and wellbeing. Group activities for Vietnamese women in Fairfield. 10am-11.30am at Fairfield Women's Health Service, Arthur West Hall (behind PCYC), McBurney Road, Cabramatta. swslhd-FarfieldWomensHealthService@health.nsw.gov.au, 9755 0008.

Fairfield Anxiety Disorder Support Group: On the fourth Wednesday of each month, held from 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre. For over 18s, and not suitable for people with schizophrenia or PTSD. Rachel, 9339 6013, supportgroups@wayahead.org.au.

Fairfield City Camera Club: 7.30pm, first, third Wednesdays each month at Share Care, 26 Green Valley Road, Heckenberg. Belinda, 0412 552 726, fairfieldcitycameraclub.com.au.

COMMUNITY

Help needed: Foodbank NSW & ACT - the largest provider of food to charities around the state - is calling for new volunteers for their distribution centre at Glendenning. Volunteers work from 8am to 2pm, across Monday to Friday to help pack orders and process donations. Details: foodbanknsw.org.au, volunteer@foodbanknsw.org.au

Volunteers needed: South-West Community Transport is a HACC-funded program providing community transport to the frail aged, younger people with disabilities and their carers in the Fairfield, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly. The service needs volunteers to join the team as drivers, carers, administration assistants. Full training provided, expenses reimbursed. swct.com.au, 9603 2106.

Volunteers sought: Karitane Linking Families is a volunteer service assisting local families a few hours a week through volunteer home visits. Training provided. Teresa or Bobbi, 9754 2655.

Cancer support: Cancer Council South-West Community Office seeks volunteers to provide support and information to cancer patients. Interview, two days training. Janice, 9354 2051.

Carer line: Free phone information and support service specifically for and about carers, providing access to information, emotional support and referrals to a range of services. 1800 242 636 (weekdays, 9am-5pm).

Walking group: Stockland walking group meets 8am in Stockland Wetherill Park food court on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 30-minute walks. Registration: Stockland Wetherill Park customer-care centre, 9609 7766.

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