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HUNTER HER0: Star in the making is dancing for a cause

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Sam Newman is participating in Stars of Newcastle Dance for Cancer. Picture: Phil HearneSAMANTHA NEWMAN,Cancer fundraiser
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EVERYONE loves an underdog.

Especially the Newcastle Herald.

So when one of our own bravely put up her hand to take on some famous local faces in a charity fundraiser, we thought she deserved a pat on the back, as well as a helping hand.

Newcastle Herald media adviser Sam Newman has spent the past few months learning a dance number and raising money for Stars of Newcastle Dance for Cancer.

On May 1, she will compete against the likes of NBN newsreader Natasha Beyersdorf, former The Block winner Lara Cranfield, former Newcastle Knights player Mark Sargent, 2013 Mr Universe Lee Priest, former Liberal candidate and public relations consultant Jaimie Abbott, and NewFM breakfast presenter Mel “Sarge” Sargeant.

“I’m definitely not an A-lister, that’s for sure,” Sam said.

“But I wanted to be involved, firstly, because I thought it would be really fun.

“And secondly, because it is for a really, really good cause.

“My nan was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the start of last year, and when they asked for volunteers to do this for the Cancer Council, I thought, ‘I want to be that person’.”

The 24-year-old has been getting two hour-long lessons each week at Newcastle Dance Academy with her dance partner, Chelsea Willis, ahead of the big performance.

Having drawn the “musical theatre” theme, Sam has been working on her high kicks as she prepares to dance to a song from A Chorus Line.

“It is so much fun,” she laughed.

“I might not be the best, but at least I’ll make some people laugh!

“My high kicks are getting better. They weren’t so good to start with.

“I am a quick learner. Even if my feet don’t like it.

“I’ve had a few blisters, and I’m using parts of my body I’ve never used before in my life.”

Sam said learning the routine had been surprisingly difficult.

“It’s not like an aerobics class where you just kind of do the movements,” she said.

“Everything has to be sharp and you have to think about what your fingers are doing, pointing your toes, you have to be conscious of how your head is sitting – so it is actually pretty intense.

“But Chelsea is so supportive.”

So far, Sam has raised $3300.

“The main thing is is that we’ve raised a fair bit of cash for the Cancer Council,” she said.

“As part of my commitment to the competition we had to raise $3000 each.

“I did aim high, I aimed for $7000 at the start, which might have been a bit unrealistic.

“Everyone at the Herald has been so supportive, giving me fundraising ideas, opening their wallets and helping me organise everything.”

Sam isn’t the only underdog in the competition.

She is also up against University of Newcastle cancer researcher Dr Nikki Verrills, Robinson Real Estate’s Matthew McKee, Hayley Nolan from Varley Industries, Gavin Murray, of Hub Wealth Solutions, and cancer survivor Phil Williams.

Sam admits she is feeling nervous about dancing on May 1.

“I think I am more nervous because it’s not just dancing. I’ve got props!” she laughed.

“And I’m up against some stiff competition.”

Support her efforts by visiting doitforcancer整形美容医院m.au. Go to “Search for a fundraiser” and type in “Samantha Newman.”

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