Cancer-fighting dance event to feature a Cobar contingent

Former Cobar resident Allison Harland is competing in the upcoming ‘Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer’ fundraiser. ▪ Photo

Former Cobar resident Allison Harland has gone from being a ‘Dance Mum’ to a dancer and is now set to be one of the ‘Stars of Dubbo’.

Allison recently moved to Dubbo and has volunteered to represent the Western Studio of Performing Arts Cobar (WSPA Cobar) at this year’s ‘Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer’ fundraiser for the Cancer Council Australia.

Allison grew up in Cobar and later returned to live and work here with her family.

At the age of five, her daughter Gracie started dancing with WSPA and then Allison got ‘the dance bug’ and became involved with the WSPA Adults Musical Theatre Group.

WSPA dance principal Angie White said she was thrilled Allison had volunteered to represent WSPA at this very worthwhile event.

“We were invited to take part and gladly accepted as we hope that by showing the WSPA kids by example that you need to support events as well as your community.

“It gave us the opportunity to promote Cobar to such a massive audience,” Angie told The Cobar Weekly.

“There would not be a person in Cobar or anywhere really that has not been touched by the insidious disease, cancer.

“Any fundraising that provides money for research, awareness, extra care nurses, new innovations for treatment and cure is an extremely valuable contribution and one we value highly as two of our group members have had cancer,” she said.

Angie said each ‘star’ raises funds to go towards the overall fundraising tally and ticket sales for the event also go towards the total.

Allison is hoping her Cobar friends, her former netball team mates and her WSPA family will all get behind her and help her to reach her fundraising goal of $2,500.

“Obviously we want to raise as much as we can but with the drought we know it will be harder and we don’t expect people going through hard times to give money,” Angie said.

“The Cobar community spirit is second-to- none and we want the rest of the world to see that too.

“We are so proud of Allison and our dancers and Cindy Freeman (a WSPA kid herself), who is choreographing an amazing, highly entertaining dance for Allison.”

The WSPA dancers have previously participated in the ‘Stars of Orange’ Cancer Council Australia fundraiser and performed in front of a packed crowd that helped to raise $100,000.