The lessons may have only just begun but fundraising is already well under way for an annual Albury-Wodonga campaign to fight cancer.
Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer returns for its sixth year of pairing community celebrities and leaders with dance teachers to learn a dance duet routine in eight weeks.
These performances will be unveiled during a gala night at Albury Entertainment Centre on April 5.
Border Mail sports journalist Beau Greenway is among 10 participants from industries such as the media, education, health and business.
He will be joined on the dance floor by James Fallon High School principal Jenny Parrett, Hit FM announcer Tyson Witham, fashion designer Rebecca O’Brien and footballer Trent Castles.
Rounding out the troupe are doctor Alfeen Varghese, business owner Skye Sears, real estate agent Drew Cameron, Kate Pallot, co-founder of personal and business development company Life Intended and Bron Daniel, director of The Flower Girl.
Each dancer pledges to raise $3000 for the Cancer Council NSW fundraiser, with last year’s Dance for Cancer collecting more than $134,000.
Cancer Council western region community relations coordinator Brianna Carracher said Stars of the Border allowed identities to do something completely out of their comfort zone.
“The stars are already out in the community fundraising and receiving amazing support,” she said.
Bron Daniel is hosting a Valentine’s Day girls movie night on Thursday, February 14, at The Flower Girl, Albury.
The night begins at 8pm and tickets include chick flicks, popcorn, champagne on arrival and a goodie bag.
Beau Greenway, a bowler himself, has organised a night of barefoot bowls on Friday, February 15, at North Albury Sports Club from 6pm, barbecue and salads provided, drinks at bar prices.
Many of the stars are motivated by personal experiences – Mrs Daniel recalled asking a cancer patient in hospital what they needed right now, thinking of a drink, something to read or maybe a hug.
“She looked at me and said, ‘A cure’,” Mrs Daniel said.
“The brutal reality is that there’s nothing you can say, words are just noise and actions are the only things we should really speak.
“If I can’t cure cancer itself, I can make someone’s life a little easier.”
More information, event tickets and donation details available on the Stars of the Border Dance for Cancer Facebook page.
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