Stars of Newcastle raises $240,000 for Cancer Council

RELIEF: Herald reporter Brodie Owen speaks to emcee Jane Goldsmith after his Stars of Newcastle dance performance. The contest raised $240,000 for the Cancer Council
RELIEF: Herald reporter Brodie Owen speaks to emcee Jane Goldsmith after his Stars of Newcastle dance performance. The contest raised $240,000 for the Cancer Council

AFTER a night of lifts, twists and the occasional split, the Stars of Newcastle dance contest has raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for cancer research.

Demato Construction owner Mato Demir and NBN presenter Sam Djodan earned perfect scores from the judges to be declared joint winners in a field of a dozen Hunter contestants, and Mr Demir’s efforts raised more than $50,000 for the Cancer Council.

The Newcastle Herald’s Brodie Owen described his “contemporary” routine as “pretty close to traumatic”, but he impressed dance partner Maddi Magennis.

Radio 2HD host Richard King admitted to being out of his element, but it was a cause that struck a personal chord.

Mr King finished chemotherapy treatment in December for lymphoma.

The dancers’ personal fundraisers and donations from the audience at Wests City brought this year’s contribution for the Cancer Council to $240,000.