Have a hit out to help Hayley
IT WILL be a case of forehand, backhand and hand in pocket when Ipswich tennis players hit the court next Sunday for the Hayley Ponting Fundraising Day.
The event was conceived by George Alder Tennis Centre manager Leon Glinster after reading the Queensland Times' story about Hayley's battle with childhood cancer.
Hayley is now fighting for her life after recent tests confirmed the presence of new cancer cells.
The five-year-old has battled neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system, since masses were discovered in her abdomen in November last year.
Despite a heavy schedule of treatment, Hayley has remained bright with a zest for life.
"I just had an emotional attachment to the story," Mr Glinster said.
"It touched me and I realised there are people out there who are doing it really tough.
"We complain about little tiny things in life and these guys are doing it a lot harder than we are. The tennis day is simply about having fun and raising a bit of money to make life a little easier for the family.
"Hopefully they can have a bit of extra time over Christmas to spend with each other."
Event organisers are encouraging Ipswich people to "come and play on the clay for this brave little girl".
Local businesses are encouraged to participate either with sponsorship or by donating raffle prizes.
Due to her current condition Hayley is unlikely to attend, but participants are encouraged to come dressed in her favourite colours of pink or purple.
To donate please contribute to this NAB account: Hayley Ponting Fundraiser Account, BSB: 084-737, Account number 124 555 120
Day for Hayley
Where: George Alder Tennis Centre, 9 Ernest St, Leichhardt.
When: Sunday, December 11.
Time: 8am to 1pm.
Inquiries: Leon Glinster 0430 551 731 or Ellie Cumming 0409 369 430.