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Coach Julie Donovan with tennis players Charlotte, Aiden, Makayla and Abbey

It’s time to get out your ball and racquet because Winmalee Tennis Club is holding their annual Open Day this Sunday, October 29, to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project.

Located at Summerhayes Park, each year the club holds a fundraising event for a different charity and gives the community an opportunity to have some fun on the courts.

Club coach Julie Donovan said she became aware of The Kids Cancer Project and the work they do when her daughter was hospitalised on Easter Sunday for a broken arm.

“This year when it came time to choose a charity, the club thought this would be a really good one to pick because of the great work they do for sick kids,” Donovan said.

At the Open Day, locals of all ages are invited to give tennis a go while kids can take part in the Hot Shots program, which follows the same rules as tennis but is played on a smaller court with lighter racquets and lower nets.

Each participant will walk away with a small prize for taking part.

Free games will also be set up like Hit the Target, as well as coaching sessions, face painting, giveaways, raffles, cake stalls, sausage sizzle and a colouring-in competition, with all money raised going directly to The Kids Cancer Project.

Donovan, who grew up playing tennis locally, said it’s a sport for anyone.

“We’ve had my son playing since he was two-years-old,” she said.

“We’ve also got club members who are over 80, that play regularly to keep fit.”

Last year the club raised over $1000 for The Breast Cancer Network, and this year they are hoping to raise even more money for children who are suffering.

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Australian children, with three Aussie kids dying every week from the horrible disease.

The open day will run from 11am until 2pm.