Clean pair of heels puts bite in the beat

HANDS UP, FUN-RAISERS: Matthew Lewis and Louise Carriage want to promote the early detection of oral cancer with their dance fundraising. Photo: Barry Smith 030614BSC03

HANDS UP, FUN-RAISERS: Matthew Lewis and Louise Carriage want to promote the early detection of oral cancer with their dance fundraising. Photo: Barry Smith 030614BSC03

LOUISE Carriage and Mathew Lewis are sinking their teeth into the challenge of Tamworth’s Celebrity Dance for Cancer.

The couple, from Tamworth’s Happy Smiles Dental Care, want to raise awareness about the importance of the early detection of oral cancer.

Ms Carriage said they had friends and family members, as well as a lot of patients, touched by cancer.

They want to make sure more people have oral cancers detected earlier, so there can be better outcomes for patients.

“We are participating in the Cancer Council’s Dance for Cancer to increase awareness of oral cancer and the need for regular screening,” they said.

“Early detection of cancer significantly increases the outcomes of treatment.”

They said they also wanted to raise awareness of the link between the human papillomavirus and oral cancer.

The couple will put their dance steps, and reputations, on the line when they go head-to-head with the other couples in the fundraising event.

Although they have no previous dancing experience, they will dance new vogue. Sally Keft-Gill has been teaching them intensively for three weeks.

“We are looking to have a bit of fun on the night and enjoy a good laugh,” they said.

“Many friends and family have purchased tickets to the evening, knowing our dancing will be hilarious.”

Ms Keft-Gill said they showed promise.

They hope to raise more than $3000, which was boosted by Tamworth Sunrise Rotary with a donation of $1000 from the Casino Royale Ball.

Mr Lewis and Ms Carriage will continue to perfect their steps until the big night on June 14.

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