Dirty Dancing audiences give over $120,000 to help beat women's cancers

Posted 4 Nov 2015.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Cancer Council is grateful to have been the official charity partner for the musical Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage throughout the show’s Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide seasons.

Cancer Council is delighted to announce that Dirty Dancing has raised over $120,000 nationally for Cancer Council’s pink campaign though generous donations made by audience members via a special charity dress rehearsal performance and bucket collections at other performances.

In Western Australia, generous patrons gave over $15,400 to ensure Cancer Council Western Australia can continue to support WA women with breast and gynaecological cancers.

Every year in October, Australians come together to show their support for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon fundraising events including Cancer Council’s Girls’ Night In.

Pink Ribbon supports the 18,715 women who will be diagnosed with breast or a gynaecological cancer this year. This year, Cancer Council aims to raise $7.2 million for its work across every area of women’s cancers including research, prevention, support and advocacy.

Producer John Frost said Dirty Dancing was thrilled to have been able to raise over $120,000 for the Cancer Council.

“I’d like to thank patrons who have bought tickets to our charity dress rehearsal and to other audiences who have donated through our bucket collection, enabling us to reach this terrific result for a very important charity. I’d also like to thank the cast and crew of Dirty Dancing who have supported this worthy cause for the entire tour.”

Cancer Council WA CEO, Susan Rooney, thanked WA patrons for their generosity as well as the producers, cast and crew of Dirty Dancing.

“These funds will make a real difference to the thousands of women affected by cancer each year, by helping us to fund research, prevention, and support services we provide for women with cancer.”

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