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2018-04-04 06:02
Rochelle Afrika (17)

Rochelle Afrika (17)

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The expression of disbelief on the face of matriculant Rochelle Afrika (17) is a sight that Child and Youth-care Worker Tsholofelo Seriba will never forget.

Rochelle was surprised by what she saw in the mirror after she had been transformed into a beautiful and classy-looking young woman on the night of her matric farewell, held at the Horseshoe Inn on Friday, 23 March.

The tone for such a memorable matric farewell was set by the Kimberley ACVV, in partnership with the Lerato Park Isibindi Centre, the Red Carpet Affair Fashion Design Studio and members of the community.

“I could not help but shed a tear of satisfaction and pride as I watched the elegant-looking ‘princess’ get into the car to go to her matric farewell. I have known her since she was in primary school and monitored her until she was in matric at the Homevale Secondary School,” said Seriba.

Rochelle was one of at least 11 matriculants from disadvantaged families in Galeshewe who were granted this opportunity by the ACVV this year.

The initiative is realised through the ACVV’s annual Matric Dance Gown project, which has been running in Kimberley for the past six years.

The campaign came about after a need was identified to assist matriculants from impoverished communities with resources to make their matric farewell memorable.

For the 2018 project, at least four schools (Homevale, Tetlanyo, Thabane and Emang Mmogo) were approached to make their matriculants’ dreams a reality.

According to Seriba, who has been working with the Lerato Park-based family since 2009, needs that they identified within Rochelle’s family had driven them to starting the initiative.

“Chances were extremely high that she might not even go to the matric farewell. She was stressing so much that we ended up intervening by asking the mother to pay for the farewell, while we took care of everything else.”

The family is reported to depend on income from grants only and their children show potential in their education.

“That is why we approached the ACVV, our implementing partner, who always oversees such projects.”

Moira Beukes of the ACVV urged the community, businesses and organisations to partner with the initiative, as much assistance was still needed.

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