Local hoteliers Clare and Campbell Rogers
For the next few months, Sydney Junction Hotel owner Campbell Rogers will work with a professional dance instructor before taking the stage in June as one of The Stars of Newcastle, raising money and awareness for cancer research.
The Stars of Newcastle is a dancing event incorporating local celebrities who will put on their dancing shoes to shimmy and shuffle their way to stardom, raising vital funds for the Cancer Council NSW.
" Dancing is definitely not my forte, so I’m very nervous," Campbell said.
"My wife is always whinging how I don’t dance at functions or weddings, so I am certainly out of my comfort zone.
"But it should be a great experience and hopefully my dance teacher can work some magic, as I certainly need the help."
Despite his nerves, Campbell said he felt it was important to do whatever he could to support cancer research.
"Cancer is a disease that has touched everyone at some point in their life," he said.
"Personally I have had close family members impacted by breast and skin cancers, so it is a privilege to be invited to be a part of such a great event, with everyone working together to raise some much needed funds. The Cancer Council NSW do so much for their patients, they are a fantastic organisation."
The Stars of Newcastle event will be held at NEX, Newcastle on Saturday June 16, 2018.
Campbell grew up in Sydney and moved to Newcastle in 2014 with his wife Clare, who also participated in Dancing with the Stars as a contestant last year.
The couple soon fell in love with the city and in 2017 purchased their first local venue, the Sydney Junction Hotel. They later added the Argenton and Gunyah hotels to their portfolio.
With three pubs and three kids aged 6, 4 and 2, there is never a quiet moment in the Rogers’ household, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. Campbell’s association with cancer is from a close family member who has been fighting breast cancer for the past 10 years, while his father and father-in-law have also been required to have multiple skin cancers removed.
The 2018 Stars of Newcastle contestants