Single mom helps to realise matric farewell dreams

2015-07-15 06:00
Lauren Davids (front) of Chatty High School in Bethelsdorp sits patiently as Ingrid Kallies does her make-up. At the back are Kyra Jurgens, Ashlyn Erasmus and Haniem Rajaal ready to have a ball.

Lauren Davids (front) of Chatty High School in Bethelsdorp sits patiently as Ingrid Kallies does her make-up. At the back are Kyra Jurgens, Ashlyn Erasmus and Haniem Rajaal ready to have a ball.

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ANNELISE Damons, a single mother from Port Elizabeth’s northern areas, might not be able to give her son his matric farewell dream, but she can help others in the community realise theirs.

From evening wear to make-up and shoes, she and her sister, Ingrid Kallies, run a matric farewell parlour for underprivileged pupils from their Bloemendal home.

With no income, they depend on donations but leave no stone unturned in making sure that each child who needs help feels like a prince or princess on his or her big night.

“My son suffered brain damage when he was 13,” Damons said. “Earlier this year I realised he would have been in matric. He’s the inspiration behind this project. Not everyone living in our community can afford the dresses, shoes and all the accessories needed for their big night. So we help them. The joy we get from helping is priceless.”

Pupils from various Bloemendal high schools and surrounds knock on their door for assistance.

When their matric farewell stock is low, they use their own money to add on.

“From a young age, Ingrid and I went around helping people in the community. Wherever there’s a wedding, 21st birthday party or any other function, we decorate the halls and cook when needed. I guess having compassion and wanting to make a difference is just who we are,” she said.

They collect clothes, shoes, make-up and all necessary accessories from local retail stores and designers.

They hope to start up a proper beauty parlour to assist more children across the Bay.

“All big dreams start small,” she said. “For now all we want is enough donations to put a smile on as many children’s faces as possible.”

Anyone who would like to donate can contact Annelise on 073 812 7239

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