Astrid’s keen to ex­tend a help­ing hand

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

LEUKAEMIA sur­vivor Astrid Serna is preparing to join thou­sands as a Claus for a cause when chil­dren’s char­ity Va­ri­ety hosts the 7th an­nual Santa Fun Run on Sun­day.

The St Clair res­i­dent will join in the Christ­mas fun with her Dou­glass Hanly Moir Pathol­ogy col­leagues Jenette Thomp­son and Robyn Far­rell, who took part last year.

More than 5000 peo­ple are ex­pected to don the jolly red suit and stroll or run the 5km, start­ing at First Fleet Park at Cir­cu­lar Quay in Sydney and fol­low­ing a scenic route around the har­bour fore­shore - all in a bid to raise $250,000 to help chil­dren who are sick, dis­ad­van­taged or have spe­cial needs.

Ms Serna, a child­hood leukaemia sur­vivor, said she was ex­cited to be a part of team Santa’s Lit­tle Helpers to sup­port chil­dren in need.

“Jenette and Robyn had such a great time last year I wanted to see what all the fun is about,” Ms Serna said. “As a leukaemia sur­vivor, I know the im­por­tance of as­sist­ing kids who are in need of a help­ing hand and this is the per­fect event to help those chil­dren.”

On­line reg­is­tra­tions close at 2pm on Fri­day. De­tails: va­ri­etysanta­fun­run.com.au

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Astrid Serna w will don her red suit f for the Santa Fun Run on Sun­day.

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