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Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer hosted at WEC

Wednesday 8 March 2017 11:00am


Novice dancers are footloose for Cancer Council fundraiser

Dim the lights, raise the curtain and turn up the music because once again it’s time to dance.

Today, Cancer Council NSW is launching the 2017 Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer, proudly brought to you by WIN Television, and, for the just the third year, a brave selection of Illawarra professionals have answered the call to put their best foot forward and cut the rug for charity.

Fourteen avid fundraisers will channel their best Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to take up the challenge to learn a dance routine devised in consultation with a professional partner while aiming to raise a minimum of $3500 each for cancer support services within the Illawarra region.

Graham Lancaster, Jared Constable, Maje Saba, Rima Elhage, Nathan Brown, Deb De Santis, Adele Fiene, Isobel Foye, Jim O’Shea, Grant Barlow, Andrew Pearson, Natasha Pearson, Holly Sassall and Lili Cosic have 12 weeks to perfect their routine before performing in front of a live audience and expert judging panel during a gala night of fun at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

Each dancer will be paired with a professional teacher from Kazzajazz Studios, Wollongong, who have each donated their time to help turn their novice pupils into stage sensations.

Cancer Council NSW Senior Regional Manager Michael Cannon said the Dance for Cancer gala has been embraced by the Wollongong community and was bringing people together in support of cancer services within the region.

“We strive to connect people and organisations to the cancer cause because we know that together we can build insights into the significance of cancer in our lives and contribute our talents towards the vision of cancer defeated,” he said.

“Cancer council NSW works across all cancers and we undertake this work tirelessly, making visible change in the lives of cancer patients and carers, scientific knowledge, the advancement of cancer control, community understanding and behaviour.

“Our key priority working areas of research, support, prevention and advocacy will ensure that no cancer is ignored and that no-one faces a cancer diagnosis alone. I commend each and every dancer here today for giving up their time, their energy and putting their reputations on the line in order to help make our vision a reality.”

In just two years the Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer event has raised more than $150,000 which has helped support local programs and services including the cancer information centre at Wollongong Hospital, free transport to cancer treatment, access to financial, legal and emotional support, easy access to affordable accommodation when patients are required to travel for treatment, as well as funding a number of prevention programs and world class research projects.

The 2017 Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer, proudly brought to you by WIN Television, gala event is on Saturday, June 3 at the WIN Entertainment Centre. Tickets are $140 each and are available through Ticketmaster.

You can follow the progress of our ‘stars’ on Facebook at Stars of Wollongong Dance for Cancer, on Instagram @stars_of_wollongong and through their individual accounts. For full details, go to


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