The longer days and warmer nights of summer are coaxing Illawarra residents out of the house and into exercise, as skateboarders, swimmers, surfers, cyclists and joggers multiply in number and make the most of the holiday period.
The Wollongong Hawks pit crew are taking that one step further, with a 24-hour basketball marathon for charity this weekend.
‘‘We’re all lifelong Hawks fans, we support them and pump up the crowd at games,’’ said pit crew member and event organiser Brett Denniss.
‘‘You’ve probably seen us at the games, with the big blown-up cardboard cut-outs of the players’ heads.’’
Taking over the Snakepit at Beaton Park from 6pm tonight, the pit crew will be lobbing free throws until 6pm tomorrow to raise money for the RSPCA and Camp Quality.
‘‘It’s hard for Camp Quality kids to have a good time at Christmas, if they’re going through those sorts of illnesses,’’ Mr Denniss said.
‘‘This time of year a lot of people go away on holidays without plans for their pets and dump them at the RSPCA, or people get given pets as Christmas gifts and they get dumped too.’’
Hawks players will drop in to lend a hand with free throws, as well as meet and greet fans.
DJs are set to liven up a day of fun for the whole family.
‘‘Our main focus is to raise awareness and whatever money we can, so we’re asking people to back us and realise Christmas is a time for giving,’’ Mr Denniss said.
‘‘Everyone is welcome to come in, hang out and support the cause. Come and shoot some baskets with us.’’