NBS Dancing for a Cause is a fundraiser packed with glamour, fun and competition.

Nelson Dancing for a Cause is a Charitable Trust Board with its Trustees volunteering their time and working tirelessly with many other individuals and organisations in the Nelson/Tasman regions. The aim is to put on a spectacular show every two years and most importantly, to raise much needed funds for amazing local charities and organisations. We’re supporting the Nelson Tasman Hospice in 2025.

The Dancing for a Cause event was first held in May 2018 to a sold-out crowd at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre, raising $111,000 for Nelson Tasman Hospice. Ros Pochin, a Nelson breast surgeon, with partner, Anthony Hewson, dancing the Samba, became the first to win the title of Dancing for a Cause champion.

The 2021 event, with the support of the amazing Nelson community, raised an astonishing $248,000. Thank you to the eight contestants and Nelson! Abbie Cook, Marketing Manager with NBS, took the title with partner Anthony Hewson dancing the Viennese Waltz.  Abbie also took out ‘Most Funds Raised’ and Lizl Matthewson with her partner Joel Scott dancing the Samba, were crowned ‘People’s Choice’.

Continuing the same successful format, the 2023 event saw ten local personalities partnered with a trained ballroom dancer, performing a ballroom dance, in front of a panel of professional judges and a sold out live audience.  Ryan Edwards was declared the NBS Nelson Dancing for a Cause winner with his dance partner Hazel Black, dancing the Viennese Waltz.  Cheryl Candish took out ‘Most Funds Raised’ and Kat Campbell with her partner Joel Scott dancing the Paso Doble were crowned ‘People’s Choice’.  Nelson again showed an outpouring of support and helped to raise a staggering $440,000 for the Nelson Tasman Hospice.

Who will become the next Champion in 2025? 

Make sure you keep an eye out for announcements about contestants and dancers later this year!



Nelson Dancing for a Cause Charitable Trust Board

Sally Thomas, Cheryl Candish, Garry Hammond, Michelle Byczkow, and Sonya Thomson