Fashion meets charity

2018-09-25 06:00
The Link2Grow mentees.

The Link2Grow mentees.

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Link2Grow, a non-profit organisation, will be hosting a fashion workshop to raise funds for its Adopt-a-Mentee programme at Granny Goose Duvets in Claremont on Thursday 27 September at 17:30.

Organisers say that at this unique workshop, themed “Where fashion and charity meet”, there will not be any glam and glitter but rather lessons on how to turn your old wardrobe into a stylish and attractive one, and guests are promised great fun.

Secretary and events organiser for the NPO, Suzanne Leighton, says: “It will be a fabulous evening with a fashion workshop, makeup demo, prizes, goody bags, delicious snacks, gin tasting and other drinks.”

She says the organised venue is prepared to accommodate 100 people but they hope to raise over R10 000 from the event. The tickets are not being sold at a fixed price as they want to allow anyone who would like to make a donation to do so through ticket purchases. The minimum donation is R330.

“We do not have a fixed price for tickets; people are asked to add a donation, which has worked very well, and the most paid for a ticket so far is R1500.”

They currently have a group of 20 volunteers, each of whom is paired with one matric learner from Good Hope Seminary High School in Gardens. They assist girls through psychometric testing, career guidance, leadership and skills training. They also guide them in different aspects of their life with the aim to make them better people in future.

Explaining the Adopt-a-Mentee programme, Leighton says the girls are the future of the country.

“Mentorship is important for the mentor and the mentee. The interactions and workshops that we organise are powerfully developing for both parties. They receive psychometric testing, career advice, help with financial applications, skills training workshops and fun and educational outings. The mentors could be seen as ‘kind aunts’.”

The NPO was founded in 2008 and consists of “women committed to the advancement of women”.

It runs different programmes aimed at empowering and uplifting young women in matric from across Cape Town.

The NPO accepts help in any form, from finances to internships and workshop facilitation­.

Bongiwe Mtombeni, a mentee, says she hopes the event will be a success as it is important that the NPO has funds to carry on their programmes. She has gained a lot of knowledge.

“I wish more girls could have access to programmes like these. There are people like us who have dreams but lack support systems, exposure and inspiration due to their circumstances. Link2Grow bridged the gap that was between me and my dream. I want to be a doctor but I had no-one to guide me towards it, I do not know anyone who is a doctor, but because of this programme I am equipped and I know more about the field. It is a great initiative which I am grateful to be part of.”

V Contact Link2Grow at events@link2grow.co.za or on 083 443 0702, or visit www.link2grow.co.za.

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