Stars of Dubbo: Maddy hoping for little more conversation

JUST DANCE: Maddy Herbert will be busting out her best Tina Turner moves at the Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer. Photos: CONTRIBUTED
JUST DANCE: Maddy Herbert will be busting out her best Tina Turner moves at the Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer. Photos: CONTRIBUTED

She’s pretty confident she’s going to fall flat on her face, but Maddy Herbert is still looking forward to busting out her best moves for the Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer.

This is the fourth year the Cancer Council has held the Dance for Cancer. It pairs up local celebrities with Dubbo dance schools to raise money towards cancer research.

For Ms Herbert, the most important part isn’t raising money or the performance, but starting a conversation.

“Cancer can really take a toll on families and the friends of people suffering and I think it’s really important to have a conversation, get people talking about the effects it has had on their lives. In some way or another it has affected everybody,” Ms Herbert said.

As the first Fletchers International Exports employee to be chosen as a star, Ms Herbert said it had been encouraging to see the way the employees were sharing stories of hope.

She may not have done any dancing in the past, but Ms Herbert said she had started to look forward to her weekly lessons at Orana Dance Centre. It had also become therapeutic for the star.

“I found out literally on my way to dance practice that a good friend of mine, she was only 30 [years-old], had passed away from cancer. She had struggled with it her whole life,” Ms Herbert said.

Ms Herbert said she was angry about the situation and dealing with her grief, when she turned up to practice.

“It actually really made me feel a lot better just being around people and knowing that the other women there are on the same Stars of Dubbo journey, that they knew exactly what i was going through,” she said. 

“I recommend that to everyone actually, just turning the music up and dancing, whether you’re in a group or alone.”

Ms Herbert said she wanted to get the Fletchers staff involved in the fundraising as much as possible. As well as cashing in on the company’s drink cans through Return and Earn she had also been holding barbecues.

Despite her uncoordination, Ms Herbert said she was looking forward to busting out her Tina Turner moves on the night.

The Stars of Dubbo Dance for Cancer will be held on Saturday May, 5. Tickets are $100 per person.

See all the stars and follow their progress here: www.everydayhero.com.au/event/starsofdubbo2018.