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2016-11-23 06:00
PHOTO: file East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule is hosting a fund-raising event, ‘The Sound of Music’, at the Durban Playhouse on Friday, 25 November in aid of the Epworth Foundation and one special girl, Ntando Dladla.

PHOTO: file East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule is hosting a fund-raising event, ‘The Sound of Music’, at the Durban Playhouse on Friday, 25 November in aid of the Epworth Foundation and one special girl, Ntando Dladla.

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THE hills are alive with the sound of dreams coming true with the help of East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule as he hosts a fund-raising event, The Sound of Music at the Durban Playhouse on Friday, 25 November in aid of the Epworth Foundation and one special girl, Ntando Dladla (15).

Epworth School received a letter from Ntando expressing her love for the school and her desire to belong to the Epworth community, which she has longed to be a part of while visiting the school for sport activities during her school years.

The school received her request earlier this year to be considered for a place at Epworth.

“This application was not like the others, it came via a beautifully composed, hand-written letter that expressed a young girl’s long-held desire to be part of the Epworth community,” said Ingrid Roberts, director of the Epworth Foundation.

In her letter she explained that while at a local high school, her love for Epworth still burns within her.

“I have always loved Epworth ever since I was a primary school girl … it would be a prestigious honour to be a part of a school, which holds high standards when it comes to teachers, student education, pass rates, extramural activities and leadership.

“My chances of not being accepted are very high, but I hope that you will be able to believe in me as I believe in myself,” Ntando wrote in the letter.

Thereafter Ntando was granted an interview with the Epworth head of school after receiving a formal application and non-refundable application fee.

“When I met with Ntando she told me that she had saved her lunch money so that she was able to pay for the application fee,” said Roberts.

Ntando was accepted for Grade 10 at Epworth and was due to start in the third term. However, being the youngest of six children, financial constraints stood in the way of her taking her place in an Epworth classroom.

At a recent Epworth Foundation fund-raising high tea, where Maule was the master of ceremonies, Ntando’s letter was read anonymously in the hope that it would act as a springboard to boost the Foundation’s Bursary Fund.

“Ntando’s story is just one of many, but at Epworth we focus on pockets of excellence and even if we are able to help one person at a time then we are committed to doing that,” said Roberts.

A few days later, Maule contacted the school and offered to help make Ntando’s dreams come true by hosting his annual fund-raising event at the Durban Playhouse.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Maule said that Ntando’s courage was the reason he wanted to help.

“Her courage to write a letter explained how determined she is to better herself. The fact that she believes in herself and took a huge chance putting her request in writing just blew me away. I always look for the positive and in our current climate of education unrest and upheaval, here is a young lady who just wants to be better, she put in writing her dream of improving her schooling. That’s brave. She believes in herself and what she could achieve given an opportunity,” said Maule.

The Sound of Music at the Durban Playhouse will take place on Friday, 25 November. Tickets for this performance are R200 per person. Proceeds go to the Epworth Foundation with Ntando’s needs taking preference on this occasion. The show starts at 7.30pm promptly. No latecomers will be admitted. To book contact Ailsa Windsor of GoingPlacesSA at 083 250 2690 or 031 201 2831, visit or email editor.goingplacessa@gmail. com

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