- A Charles Sturt Lecturer in Physiotherapy is learning to conquer the dancefloor to compete in the Cancer Council’s Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer fundraiser
For the next few months the shoe will be on the other foot for a Charles Sturt University lecturer in Port Macquarie as he learns to dance for a local ‘dance for cancer’ fundraiser.
But from now until June he is taking classes at Port Macquarie Performing Arts to perfect his moves for the Cancer Council’s Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer fundraiser.
Mr Matheson was anonymously nominated for the dance fundraiser and despite having no dance experience or training, he immediately said yes to the opportunity which will see him compete against 10 other Mid North Coast locals.
“When I received the call from the Cancer Council, I actually couldn't believe anyone would think of me,” he said.
“I very quickly realised the gravity of the opportunity and accepted the nomination to participate.
“So many people are affected by cancer and the work the Cancer Council does is extremely important.
“I am honoured to be able to assist through this event to continue to raise awareness of the research, prevention and support that is available to fight cancer.”
All of the dancers involved in the competition are aiming to raise at least $5,000 before the dance event on Friday 12 June, with Mr Matheson setting himself a target of $10,000.
“Any support that can be provided to help me raise funds will be greatly appreciated, no matter what form that support is,” Mr Matheson said.
“You can join my Facebook page, Mark Matheson: Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer 2020, to watch my progress and share your thoughts and stories.
“I am also planning to host a trivia fundraising event at Charles Sturt University, so follow me on Facebook to learn more about that.”
Speaking about the reaction he has received so far, Mr Matheson said everyone, especially his students and co-workers, is very supportive.
“Everyone has had a bit of a chuckle about me dancing, but everyone is also very positive, supportive and interested to know what it all entails,” he said.
“They all think it's a great cause, and have asked for more information on how to be involved or to get tickets to the event.”
Donations to support Mr Matheson in the Dance for Cancer fundraiser can be made online via his Cancer Council fundraising page.
The Stars of Hastings Dance for Cancer fundraiser is on Friday 12 June at Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges.
Tickets to the event can be purchased online.