Help Alizwa dance with confidence

2017-11-14 06:00
Alizwa Makomfane and her dance partner Thembekile Bulo.

Alizwa Makomfane and her dance partner Thembekile Bulo.

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A learner of Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray needs a new dress when she participates in a national competition. Alizwa Makomfane (15) will be competing at a weekend-long championship in Sun City from Thursday 14 to Sunday 16 December.

She is an aspiring ballroom dancer from Mfuleni township, being raised, along with three cousins, by a single parent.

Her mother, Nolwazi Makomfane, cannot afford to maintain Alizwa’s dance hobby on her salary as a teacher. Alizwa is appealing for donations from the public so she can afford to buy new dance dresses for upcoming competitions. She says the most important one is the national competition at Sun City. She explains that dancers need a new dress for each important competition to impress the judges. She says she is afraid that not having a new dress might jeopardise her chances or even see her leave her dancing shoes in the cupboard. “My mother can only afford to buy me a dress once a year. As I grow older, it becomes difficult. There was a time I had to take a break because all my dresses were worn out. It was a very difficult year for me, I do not want to go through that again. I am trying everything I can to get help.

“I am looking for a dress for the upcoming competition and for next year’s competitions. People do not have to donate cash, I can provide my dress size and they can buy it for me,” says Alizwa.

The Grade 9 learner says she started dancing in Grade 3 and she fell in love with it. She does not want to ever stop. She says being on stage is fulfilling for her and has more benefits than people realise. She mentions physical and mental fitness, motivation to live a healthy lifestyle and being an inspiration to other youngsters.

Nolwazi supports Alizwa’s fundraising effort.

Alizwa’s fundraising cheer leader, Veronica Williams, says: “She is quite an exceptional ballroom dancer but does not have things like practice dresses or formal ballroom dress. It would be a great help if she could get some help.” V For more information contact Nolwazi Makomfane on 074 470 3007 or 083 337 1738.

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