A local pupil dazzled in a gold ball-gown at her matric dance last weekend, thanks to Confident Girls, a community-based non-profit organisation from Port Alfred.
Lihle Mtya was transformed into the princess of her dreams.
The Rep previously reported that the Luvuyo Lerumo High School pupil was looking for a ‘Cinderella’ dress a couple of weeks before the big day and had contacted Confident Girls, an organisation which empowers girls, for assistance.
Temba Tele, the organisation’s co-founder said: “Thanks to The Rep for publishing the story, warm hearts opened from people who wanted to help from around the province and as far as Johannesburg. We were able to get the items that we did not have, including funds to cover our travelling and accommodation costs. Some of the people who felt making a child without food at home beautiful for the special occasion was not enough, so they donated groceries.”
Tele said they were not able to bring the girl’s parents from Tylden, but they would send them pictures of the matric dance.
“I had mixed feelings about this earlier on, but when we saw the final product it felt as if I had been rewarded. The people we met encouraged us to continue with this initiative. We plan to make this bigger so that we can reach more girls next year.”
He said famous Afro pop musician Zahara had a similar foundation to Confident Girls where she assisted young girls to get ball gowns and that they wished to collaborate with her which would open doors for other girls.
He said Zahara had shown an interest and they were having discussions about the matter.
“On Monday we contacted Zahara and requested her to make a special message for Mtya which she did gladly. She said she had been waiting for a moment to put a smile on a girl’s face who was from her province.”
Tele’s wife and the organisation’s co-founder, Linda, said: “I think Mtya will never forget this day. It was special and the smile on her face made me emotional as a parent to see her so joyful. Our two children came with us because they did not want to miss out.”
Mtya told The Rep that the Teles had “exceeded my expectations. They sacrificed by coming all the way from Port Alfred to help make my day, which is something that not just anybody would do. They have inspired me to do the same for another girl in future, when I am working.”
Mtya said after matric she wanted to venture into economics or become a social worker.
Confident Girls thanked the sponsors Cathy Smith for shoes, hairstyle from Shade Glory Beauty House, make-up, eyebrows and nails by Vida Hair Salon, transport by Pastor Lydia Namugosa and photographs by Zimamele Media all from Komani, their daughter, Entle, for the dress, a R1 000 Pick and Pay voucher from Nemato Foundation, groceries from Ray and Carol Oliver and R1 000 from Tom MacGee, all from Port Alfred, plus R500 cash from Siphokazi Moleshe and R100 from Ruse Moleshe based in Johannesburg and R1 000 from Nomzamo Sogoni from Mthatha.