Here’s something magical you can do with your old matric dance dress

By admin
06 April 2016

"She’ll feel like a princess for a night…with memories for a lifetime."

It's been years since your matric dance, but your beautiful dress sits gathering dust at the back of your cupboard.

Working with the schools, they identify families who require assistance and provide dresses for the girls to use on the night. PHOTO: Supplied Working with the schools, they identify families who require assistance and provide dresses for the girls to use on the night. PHOTO: Supplied

Surely the gown that once made you feel like a princess deserves another night out?

This is where the Princess Project comes in. A local Non-Government Organization (NGO), the Project, allows you to #PassOnTheMagic to families who cannot afford to but a new dress for their daughters, allowing them to feel spectacular.

As their tagline says,

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“An unusual idea, but (hopefully) one of great importance," the late founding member Helga Leurs is quoted as saying on their website.

"I started the year with determination to REALLY make a difference in someone’s life – Came up with the idea of sponsoring less privileged – (in fact they have nothing) – matriculants that long to feel like a princess at their matric farewell, but do not have the financial capacity to “get dressed” for the occasion.

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The reality is that they do not attend a function, rather than feeling not ‘fitting in’. The idea is: Let’s all donate ex-evening outfits / wedding dresses / ball gowns, matric farewell outfits (that don’t fit anymore, and you don’t anyway want to be seen in it ever again), etc.”

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In 2016, the Princess Project, in partnership with Skip, is passing on the magic with a hashtag #PassOnTheMagic and urging anyone with dresses hanging in the back of their closets to donate them to The Princess Project. Anyone can get involved by donating a dress or using the hashtag on their social media platforms from now until the end of May 2016.

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It’s easy to donate -- simply head to The Princess Project website to find the list of donation points in your area. Skip has also set up additional collection points for dresses at the SABC offices in Auckland Park, Durban and Cape Town. And if getting to a drop off point is tricky, use Sendr to arrange collection of your frock in these areas by logging a request on email to info@sendr.co.za before the end of May.

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