Why Cathy’s Dance

Why Cathy’s Dance? This is why…

On a beautiful day in January this year we lost one of our own to suicide. Her name is Cathy Lee Stewart, an exceptional human being.

A daughter, sister, wife, mother, sister in – law, aunty, cousin, dear friend & colleague to so many. In a short period of time Cathy battled anxiety, ill health & depression.

Help Cathy’s family save other families from this tragedy.

Taranaki Retreat is creating a break in the chain…..The only facility of its kind in the country; right on our doorstep. They care about people – we care about helping them.

Cathy was booked into the Retreat – she deferred to be home for her birthday – she didn’t make her birthday.

Cathy celebrated diversity in all things, she loved to dance, therein lies the natural order of things for Cathy’s Dance for Hope.

Dancing in the Dark @ TSB Stadium 18TH OCTOBER 2018


  • An Event Like No Other
  • Be a dancer / Sponsor a dancer
  • Share the energy of people coming together to dance for life

Things need to change – let’s make a difference….people 4 people

Taranaki Retreat is a community sanctuary, here to provide time-out space for families and individuals to stay, free of charge, when times are tough. Since the Retreat opened in early 2017, just over 2000 people have reached out for support from the Team.

To cherish Cathy’s memory and to grow the capacity of the two-acre site in Omata to make the difference, together we are going to build….

Cathy’s Care Centre

This Architecturally designed, beautiful care space in Cathy’s name incorporates :

  • Rumpus / Family Therapy space for whanau with young children
  • Counselling and training rooms for confidential support (featuring rammed earth walls for groundedness, beauty and privacy of conversation)
  • Extra accommodation, as the Retreat is constantly at capacity

Our Aim is to raise at least $100 donation per dancer, and smash $100,000 for this project.
Are you in? Then click here to launch your fundraising page and register for the event.

How to be a part of the action

Gather sponsors – or Be a sponsor – we believe this building can be fully funded in 2018 – and this is all our chance to BE the change we want to see.

Claim your spot – let your inhibitions go, and dance, in the dark, for an hour, for HOPE

Thank you for your support for Cathy’s Dance for Hope

The Stewart Family – Taranaki Retreat – Glenys Farrant & Michelle Beekman

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