Girls to be a queens for a day

2019-09-17 06:00
Young girls with life-threatening illnesses will have the chance to feel like a queen for a day.

Young girls with life-threatening illnesses will have the chance to feel like a queen for a day.

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Charitable organisation, Reach for a Dream believes in encouraging children to use their dreams as a powerful tool in fighting their life-threatening illnesses and encouraging hope.

Now, Reach for a Dream is bringing the Queen for a Day Project to Casa Labia Cultural Centre, through the centre’s charity unit, Fondazione Labia.

The collaborators have joined forces to allow each girl the opportunity to be crowned as a queen for a day, showing that she is beautiful, no matter how her illness may affect her life or her appearance.

For 31 years Reach For a Dream has fulfilled over 19 000 dreamers with their heart’s desires and filled them with hope, joy and love across South Africa.

The Queen for a Day project aims to connect with 10 young ladies aged 14 to 17 who are battling various illnesses, to treat them this Heritage Day at the cultural centre in Muizenberg.

The intention is to provide these girls with a day of pampering, with focus placed on making them feel beautiful and confident; something that is often missing in a hospital environment.

These children are provided with a platform to be in touch with their inner-beauty and to soak up the palatial ambiance of the Venetian-style ballroom at Casa Labia, as well as the opportunity to be spoiled with delicious treats and entertainment.

This programme is funded by Fondazione Labia and the Labia Family.

“As a mother of three young children, I was particularly moved by the work Reach for a Dream does when I was invited to a fundraiser last year,” director and founder of Fondazione Labia, Antonia Labia says.

“I wanted to find a way that Fondazione Labia could join forces to create a meaningful event at Casa Labia and to make a happy memory for young children battling for their lives.

“I hope this day will bring a few moment’s respite from this daily battle and will make each queen feel held, special and loved.”

She adds that the entire organisation is honoured to be hosting the event.

She believes that Reach for a Dream’s initiatives are incredibly worthwhile causes, bringing light and joy to many children’s lives.

  • For information on Reach for a Dream, contact Heidi Rowley on; for information on Casa Labia Cultural Centre, contact Azola Mkosana on 021 788 6068 or at


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