Helping disadvantaged matrics

Princess Project founder Erica Pienaar offers False Bay College student Vanecia Johannes an optional dress for her matric dance. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Forgotten ball gowns and cocktail dresses are given a new lease on life by a Cape Town-based charity which plays fairy godmother to disadvantaged matrics.
CAPE TOWN - The end of the academic year is an anxious time for many.

Some grade 12s, whose parents are struggling, dread going to their matric dances because they do not have the money to buy the necessary clothes.

But the Princess Project is assisting these young women by kitting them out for their special night.

Princess Project co-founder Erica Pienaar opens the door to the room filled with matric dresses of every colour.

She is assisting Vanecia Johannes and Yonela Cishe from False Bay College.

The girls’ faces light up as they enter the room.

Johannes explains money is tight at home.

“I can’t afford the dress because it is very expensive.”

Cishe explains she was contemplating not going to the farewell.

“It costs a lot.”

But the girls are now looking forward to going to their matric balls in two weeks time.

The organisation has been assisting hundreds of disadvantaged girls over the past six years.