Western Studio of Performing Arts (WSPA) Cobar hit Dubbo with a bang last weekend as they took part in the 2019 ‘Stars of Dubbo’ Cancer fundraiser, performing a very entertaining Priscilla Queen of the Desert item to great crowd and vocal appreciation.
For the first time in the history of the event an out of town dance studio took part, with the Cobar troupe making a big impression as they came away with third place in the People’s Choice awards.
It was a highlight for the WSPA Cobar Musical Theatre ladies group who backed their ‘allocated star’ Allison Harland.
This outcome was a result of the 600 audience and online voters.
WSPA dance principal Angie White said many hours of practice and travelling back and forth from Dubbo was put in by Allison, a former Cobar resident who now lives in Dubbo.
“Allison estimates she did over 1,800km in the past four months for the event, with all of the ladies working very hard to get the dance top notch as well as helping with fundraising.
“Team captain Cindy Freeman gave up a lot of time coaching the team as did Judy Mitchell and Gemma Bain in fundraising,” Angie said.
The night raised over $146,000 for the Cancer Council NSW with Cobar WSPA contributing just shy of $5,000 to the total.
“Lots of out of town donors gave money
and several generous local businesses, but mostly family and friends of the ladies who took part.
“This is an awesome outcome as the ladies were hoping to raise $2,000,” Angie said.
“The WSPA team were so happy to take part in this event as with statistics stating a person dies from cancer every 12 minutes, we all need to work together to rid the world of this insidious disease.”