Dacing for a Cause contestants from left: radio host Al Columbus, Lawyer Hamish Fletcher, radio host Breffni O'Rourke, breast cancer survivor Lizl Matthewson, NBS employee Abbie Cook, ex-basketballer Phill Jones, and King Salmon chief executive Grant Rosewarne during the launch party. Photo: Andrew Board.

Dancing for a cause returns


After raising more than $111,000 for Nelson Tasman Hospice last year, NBS Dancing for a Cause will return in 2020.

The group of nine local personalities who will compete, were named last night and include Nelson MP Nick Smith, ex professional basketballer Phill Jones and local lawyer Hamish Fletcher.

Board chair for the Dancing for Cause Charitable Trust and dance teacher Emma Silke-French says she’s very excited to have the privilege of putting the local personalities through their paces.

“It is so much fun watching them improve and achieve everyone’s goal of putting on an amazing show.

“The trust members and I have been working extremely hard to make sure the NBS Dancing for a Cause 2020 is bigger and better than the last and with a bit of luck we will raise even more money than last time for Hospice,” she says.

The dancers will begin rehearsals later in November in preparation for the big night in May.

The nine dancers taking to the stage are Hamish Fletcher, Phil Jones, Lizl Matthewson, Breffni O’Rourke, Nick Smith, Grant Rosewarne, Al Columbus, Tracy Banner plus Abbie Cook from NBS.

The 2020 event will be held at the Trafalgar Centre at 7pm on May 23.

Trust board member Stu Dalton says ticketing will work a little differently this year, with their being no general admission.

“You will have the chance to purchase the exact seats you want upstairs and downstairs via TicketDirect with tickets on sale online right now,” he says.

Tickets are also available at all Ticket Direct outlets: Theatre Royal Nelson, Nelson Centre of Musical Arts, Richmond Mall and Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim i-SITE etc.

Anyone wishing to purchase a table or sponsor the event can contact [email protected] but better be in quick as all but five tables have already been snapped up.