Alfie Gil has never done anything like this before. In fact, the last dance move he performed prior to this weekend’s Stars of Newcastle – Dance for Cancer was the worm, circa 1992.
Despite his fear of embarrassment, the 47-year-old paramedic bravely signed up for Cancer Council Australia’s annual fundraiser.
“I’ve decided to take part in an effort to give back as I live a very privileged life, of which I’m extremely grateful for,” Gil told Newcastle Weekly.
“I have known so many people through my personal and work life who have been affected by cancer, so I wanted to do my part to raise awareness and let those affected know that they’re not alone.
“I also want to be a role model to my daughter.”
The Stars of Newcastle – Dance for Cancer is a dance gala and fundraising event where local legends, everyday heroes, and influential members of the community are teamed up with a professional dance teacher.
Each pair learn one dance to perform on event night and compete for the three awards up for grabs – Judges Choice, People’s Choice, and Highest Fundraiser.
Funds raised from the event will support world-class cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy, and support services.
While yoga is a huge part of Gil’s life outside of work hours – he recently completed a course to teach in and around Newcastle – his self-described “lack of dance skills” has also seen him squeeze in practices twice a week for the past six weeks.
“I hope to achieve personal growth by facing a fear of performing on stage,” he said.
“Fundraising wise, I’ve bombarded Facebook, my colleagues and yogis every opportunity I get.
“I took a couple of days to run around local businesses, asking for prize donations for a raffle and held a couple of charity yoga events on the Central Coast and Newcastle.”
Gil added he was extremely humbled by the support he’d received, particularly the Ambulance Control Centre at Charlestown, Skyline Aviation, The Yoga Place at Blacksmiths and Yoga Body Works, as well as all the individuals who donated.
The Stars of Newcastle – Dance for Cancer will take place at NEX on Saturday 15 June from 7pm.
Tickets cost $150, which includes a two-course dinner, beverages and entertainment for the entire night.
Visit everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofnewcastle2019 if you’d like to donate to support Alfie or other contestants in this year’s event.