Gentle Touch Foundation’s ‘Dress a Matriculant Project’ is back in full swing

GRADE 12 girls who cannot afford a ball gown for their matric dance do not have to fear as Gentle Touch Foundation’s ‘Dress a Matriculant Project’ is back in full swing.

The project, launched in July, saw women from across the City of uMhlathuze donate over 80 dresses which underprivileged matrics from the surrounding local high schools can make use of free of charge.

The GTF team will be visiting local schools soon to promote the project and also to encourage those who need assistance to make use of the service.

A box will be left at the school where a needy learner can leave a letter explaining their situation and detailing their request.

All requests remain confidential.

While the project is aimed at helping disadvantaged learners attend their matric dance in grand style by providing them with dresses, make-up and shoes, the organisers also use the platform to promote awareness on the dangers of the blesser/blessee phenomenon, teenage pregnancies and drugs.

According to project coordinator Lynette Dunn, learners should not be deprived from attending their final year dance because they cannot afford an outfit for the special occasion.

‘As we dress these young women for their special night, we want to transform them on the inside as well as the outside, by letting them know they are loved, special and important.

‘They deserve to look and feel beautiful on their special night despite their circumstances, background or lack of finances.

‘Last year many girls were able to attend their dances in beautiful garments and we are grateful to our secondary schools, Richards Bay, Birdswood and Richemp who welcomed the project and assisted us.’

Anyone who would like more information about the project can phone 079 0352903.


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Conelia Harry

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