[Renee Valentine | Newcastle Star]

“We have always felt the importance of supporting events like this and this year is going to be even bigger, so hopefully it makes an even bigger difference to those who need it.”

Leeanne Taylor has some show-stopping moves and plans to use them to create more awareness about cancer as she leads a weekend full of workshops all for a good cause.

The owner and managing director of mFit gym and mPole pole dancing studio at Broadmeadow will offer two days of workshops this weekend to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day.

Pole4Pink is in its third year and will be held over Saturday and Sunday.

Ms Taylor said this year “we have gone all out” with five workshops, a slumber party, pancake breakfast and guest talks from people who have lived experience with cancer.

Her gym is female focused and Ms Taylor had been surprised by many young women telling her they not do regular checks of their body.

“Cancer is something we definitely need to address more and build more awareness about, and get people informed,” Ms Taylor said.

“We teach a lot of young ladies and we want to get people to be aware that this is something that they need to be taking into consideration just in their everyday health.

“So there is a bit more awareness this year. Previously we’ve just done the workshops but this year we’re saying, ‘This is a real issue and people need to be more aware about what they need to be looking for’.”

Ms Taylor started Pole4Pink two years ago after hearing of a client’s caring for someone with cancer.

“Our facility is female focused, and we have many survivors, carers and others affected by a cancer diagnosis, or the diagnosis of a loved one,” she said.

“One of our trainers became a cancer carer at the young age of 15, and her nana, a survivor, is now a regular to our over 50’s class.

“We have always felt the importance of supporting events like this and this year is going to be even bigger, so hopefully it makes an even bigger difference to those who need it.”

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