DANCING FOR A CAUSE: Peter Hodges and dance partner Ashleigh Ross.
DANCING FOR A CAUSE: Peter Hodges and dance partner Ashleigh Ross.

Peter joins Dance for Cancer

COFFS Harbour Musical Comedy Company (CHMCC) regular and music administrator at Bishop Druitt College Peter Hodges will star in the Cancer Council NSW Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer gala event.

The chance to raise funds for cancer research at the event on Saturday, November 14, has special significance for Peter.

“By making a fool of myself in front of a room full of people for a few minutes, I hope to be able to raise some money to help fight this insidious disease,” he said.

“Everyone is touched by cancer. My mother had melanoma when I was very young, my grandfather died of cancer, and my father-in-law was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year.”

Ashleigh Ross, Mr Hodges’ teacher and partner, is a talented dancer who has performed at the Sydney Opera House finals for Sydney Eisteddfod and worked on the Lion King Show at Disney World, Florida, USA.

Ashleigh is teaching Peter musical theatre, and as part of his commitment, Peter is hoping to raise $10,000 by hosting a variety evening this Saturday.

CHMCC, in conjunction with Julie Ross Dance Studio, will present The Pete Hodges Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer Variety Evening.

The night will feature some of Coffs Coast’s top talent, including the cast of CHMCC’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, dancers from the Julie Ross Dance Studio, the Big Big Boogie Band, Fiona Styles, The Collectables, Phil Ranieri and many other talented guests.

Tickets for the show are $40 plus a $1 booking fee, and are available from the Jetty Memorial Theatre or online at www.jetty theatre.com.

“Coffs Coast Dance For Cancer gives our high-profile stars an opportunity to showcase themselves and their support for everyone affected by cancer,” Cancer Council NSW community relations co-ordinator Pippa Tabone said.

“As a charity organisation with limited funding, we can only support less than one-third of all applications for research funding that we receive.

“Each year a panel of specially trained cancer patients, survivors and carers helps us to decide which research funding application we should support.

“Having started the process 10 years ago, Cancer Council NSW leads other cancer charities by giving the cancer community a voice in all our research funding decisions.”

To help Peter meet his fundraising goal, donate online at www.everyday hero.com.au/event /starsofcoffscoast2015.

Tickets for the Stars of Coffs Coast Dance for Cancer gala event are $50 and available at C.ex Coffs.



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