Reach for a Dream girls turned into queens for a day

2016-02-17 06:00
Queens for a day crowning ceremony: Amanda, Volente, Buyiselwa, Jade, Mrs PE 2015 Angelique Adcock, Mikaela, Kaylee, Kaylene  Photo: Donna vd Watt Photography

Queens for a day crowning ceremony: Amanda, Volente, Buyiselwa, Jade, Mrs PE 2015 Angelique Adcock, Mikaela, Kaylee, Kaylene Photo: Donna vd Watt Photography

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THEIR faces were beautifully made up, their nails polished and painted to perfection and crowns were sparkling on their heads.

But it was the smiles on their faces that lit the room as girls from the Reach for a Dream foundation became queens for a day.

The Queen for a Day initiative is a national project where a number of girls who are facing life-threatening illnesses, are treated to a day out of their hospital and medical environment.

Seven girls aged 13 to 18, arrived at Protea Hotel Marine on Friday and were treated to a mini-makeover where each of the girls enjoyed uninterrupted pampering which included a make-up session, inspirational beauty talk, manicure and pedicure.

The girls also had a chance to walk the red carpet where Mrs Port Elizabeth 2015, Angelique Adcock, taught them how to walk with confidence like true queens.

With excitement on each of the girls’ faces, they each made their way down the red carpet and were ready for their crowning ceremony where they were presented with a rose, sash and crown.

The ceremony was followed by a high tea to celebrate these brave girls and commemorate the day. The girls also received a goodie bag to remember their special day.

Each girl was made to feel special and this initiative allowed them a day out to socialise with other brave girls and realise that they are not alone.

Reach for a Dream coordinator, Heather Mazomba, said the project is about building confidence and self-esteem of young girls. The aim of this event was to make the girls feel beautiful and special.

“Queen for a Day is to make the girls feel pretty. This is to let them know that although they are fighting an illness, they can still feel very beautiful. It also allows them to have a day away from the hospital environment.”

“There are three stages of Queen for a Day. This includes the pampering, crowning and walking the red carpet. This event is to encourage them and give hope,” Mazomba said.

The Reach for a Dream Branch Manager, Michelle van Huyssteen, said she is thankful for Protea Hotel Marine’s continuous support.

“The Protea Hotel Marine is such an awesome supporter of our foundation. They supply us, through the Hotel Property Fund, free office space and host all our dreamers country wide that visit PE as their dream. Our Queen for a Day events, volunteer meetings, etc; are also sponsored by them, so they are angels to our Foundation,” van Huyssteen said.

Volente (15) who was one of Reach for a Dream’s queens for a day said she enjoyed everything about her day because it made her feel special.

Jaide (13) who was also part of the queens for a day group, described her day as a ‘happy day’.

“My day was nice; it was a happy day. I loved the make-up the most.” she said.

Yolanda (17) said she had a fun day and enjoyed the make-up and beauty session with the other girls.

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