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About the Event On Thursday 9th February at Dee Why RSL Club the Cancer Council of N.S.W. launched its "Stars of the Beaches" fundraising dance competition. At the event local business people and identities were matched with professional dancers, randomly assigned a dance style, then on the 6th May, 2017, they will perform it live in front of an audience at Dee Why RSL. Participants will start their training this week and are hoping the community will get behind their brave gesture to help them reach their fundraising targets of $3000.00 each. The general public can go on-line and donate to support their favourite contestant, or purchase tickets to attend the dinner gala event on 6th May. For more information on Stars of the Beaches, please visit everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofthebeaches2017
The host at today's event was Suzanne Hayles, a long-standing volunteer for the Cancer Council. A cancer survivor herself, Sue has been the Cancer Council's Liaison Officer since 2012, taking issues, such as much-needed palliative care and advocacy, to the local member. "Everyone here today has been touched by cancer in some way or another, either suffering themselves or someone in their family has. The Cancer Council receives no government funding and has to raise money by staging events such as this. It's easy to help when it's close to your heart", she says.
One of the first to put up his hand to participate was the CEO of Dee Why RSL Club, Grant Easterby. "If we can work really hard, raise a lot of money, give it all away, then we're happy", he says. "That's what the club is all about. It's great to be able to provide the venue and be part of such a worthwhile event", he continues. Sarah Sutherland, Chief Financial Officer of the club agrees. "We support about 129 charities, such as helping rebuild Collaroy Surf Club. We're here to facilitate events, that's what we're all about", she says. And if Grant's flair for suits carries over into his dancing, then he should be one of the main contenders to take out the winner's prize.
CEO of Dee Why RSL Club Grant Easterby with Chief Financial Officer Sarah Sutherland
The contestants will perform styles such as Latin, Hip-hop, Tap, and Ballroom. As well as Grant Easterby, ten other local 'stars' are strapping on their dancing shoes. Some have had previous dance training, and others haven't. They include -
Kylie Llewellyn (local Girl Scout Leader and employee of Northern Beaches Council), Meredith Cummins (Director of Medical Oncology and Nursing at the Northern Sydney Cancer Institute, Brett Luhrmann, CEO, Luhrmann Group of Companies,
Emma Trevallion, Real Estate Agent from LJ Hooker Manly, Beau Mitchell, Former Professional Surfer, Head Coach of The Boardriding Academy and Partner and Elite Surf Coach of Rider Convergence, Karlisle Morocco, Store Manager, Tommy Bahama Manly,
Kelly Nicholls, Advocacy Manager Doctors Without Borders, Author and Coach,
Samantha Joy, Director, Northern Beaches Cleaning Pty Ltd
Kerryn Baird, wife of ex-Premier Mike Baird
Sarah Swain, Journalist, Manly Daily
Tracey Spicer and Jean Hay amongst the crowd attending the launch
The MC for the dinner gala event will be Tracey Spicer, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster. The dancers will be competing for three different awards - Judges Choice, People's Choice and Highest Fundraiser.
The Judges will be:
-Jean Hay, Former Mayor of Manly Council now Northern Beaches Council. Role: Chair, Implementation Advisory Group
-Barbara Martin, Dancesport Judge, Professional and Amateur
-Masha Belash, Professional Dancer from Dancing with the Stars and Owner of MOVE by Aric and Masha.
Many of the dance teachers are from Tempo-red Academy of Performing Arts, Brookvale, who are also sponsoring the event, plus Aric Yugedukin, from television's Dancing with the Stars, will also be one of the teachers.
Most of us probably know someone with cancer, or has lost a loved one or friend to the disease. Lauren, Regional Manager for the C.C. quotes some sobering statistics. "46,000 people are diagnosed every day with some form of cancer. We've raised over $145 million in the last ten years for research and treatment. We own a fleet of cars and drivers that transport people, we've provided 19,000 nights of accommodation for people who otherwise would have to forego treatment because of the cost. All this is only possible because of the generosity of the community", she says.
How You Can Get Involved
Just as the contestants are jumping in, boots and all, you can support this worthwhile event by jumping on-line to follow their progress, donate, or organise a table group booking to attend the May 6 dinner which no doubt will be a fun and entertaining night.
To support your local star visit everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofthebeaches2017 or any other enquiries contact Becky Dadswell Becky Dadswell @ Cancer Council NSW on 02 9334 1459