Nine girls crowned Queen For A Day

2016-09-07 06:00
The nine dreamers, in the back, from left, are Sesona (14), Asisipho (17), Silindokuhle (13), Britney (15), Silindokuhle (18), Shannon (13), Siphokazi (17), Lolwethu (16) and Simthandile (13). In front is Teen Miss Port Elizabeth 2016, Rochelle Momberg.           Photo: DONNA VAN DER WATT

The nine dreamers, in the back, from left, are Sesona (14), Asisipho (17), Silindokuhle (13), Britney (15), Silindokuhle (18), Shannon (13), Siphokazi (17), Lolwethu (16) and Simthandile (13). In front is Teen Miss Port Elizabeth 2016, Rochelle Momberg. Photo: DONNA VAN DER WATT

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THE Reach For A Dream (RFAD) Foundation held their last Queen For A Day event for 2016 on September 2, declaring nine young women royalty for the day.

RFAD hosts the Queen For A Day event four to six times a year where girls between the ages of three and eighteen with life-threatening diseases are given the royal treatment for a day.

A fitting role model, usually a beauty queen of some kind, is the girls’ guide for the day, and this time Teen Miss Port Elizabeth 2016, Rochelle Momberg, was the lucky winner.

She personally crowned the girls individually and gave them a few how-to tips on walking and talking like a queen.

Momberg is a former member of RFAD, as she was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma/Leukaemia (a type of cancer that affects certain white blood cells) at the tender age of 13.

Today, she is an accomplished 17-year-old who has been in remission for three years.

“I was a part of Queen For A Day about two years ago and it just makes this experience so much more special for me, being their Queen,” she said.

Momberg has a special love for children and is also actively involved in several charities. Being involved in Queen For A Day allowed her to experience both in a combined setting.

The RFAD team went out of their way to make the girls feel special on that day. After arriving, they each received a pink T-shirt with the message “blah, blah, princess this, princess that! Queen is queen and that’s that” on the back.

Following a short photo shoot, they were then treated to an hour of pampering, which involved a foot spa, make-up and nail painting sessions.

“We tell them all that they look beautiful no matter what,” said Michelle van Huyssteen, Port Elizabeth Branch Manager RFAD.

Most, if not all, of the items that made the day extra special were sponsored by The Plantation Wedding Venue, Cupcake Love PE, The Majestic Princesses, who did the make-up leg of the pampering session and Johan Wolmarans, who sponsored Rochelle’s dress.

All of these elements combined to give the girls a Spring Fiesta-themed day to make them feel beautiful and special.

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