Rarely do I have a compelling enough reason to hop out of bed at 5:30am and prepare myself for a 7:30 appointment. I mean... Who does that?? Oh yes... Students and those dedicated adults who commit themselves to a lifetime of teaching and rising with the birds. I won’t lie... It was painful to tear my limbs from my cozy electric blanket, but on this particular Monday morning, I had ten beautiful reasons to wake up, dress up and show up for the morning assembly at Voortrekkerhoogte High School in Thaba Tshwane, Pretoria.
About two months prior, Mrs Haseena Yacoob, an Afrikaans teacher at the school got in touch with The Mayyarani and recommended that we keep her school top of mind when choosing the beneficiary of our second glam box brimming with donated prom dresses for the matric girls. I couldn’t think of a more deserving bunch. Majority of them come from simple households and may not be able to afford the luxury of a couture dress for just one night. The teachers revealed that last year, several students didn’t attend their matric farewell because they had nothing to wear, while some kids pitched up in their school uniform - their only decent ‘formal’ attire.
In an effort to help these kids enjoy a truly memorable event which celebrates the end of their schooling days, the teachers devised a novel out-of-the-box idea. Dresses donated by our very generous clients would be the first items that make up a special ‘matric dance dress repository’ to ensure that year after year, girls will have access to a growing collection of beautiful garments stored in-house on the school’s premises. It’s a brilliant take on repurposing, re-using and up-cycling clothing in a way that may see their shelf life extended for a few more years.
The girls were ecstatic when they discovered that the dresses are theirs to use for free! While I had their attention, I took the opportunity to explain the destructive impact of fast fashion on our environment and encouraged them to carve out career paths on which they can make a sustainable positive difference to society and take Mother Nature into consideration along the way.
A heartfelt “thank you” to the generous ladies who donated their special pieces or sponsored a dress from our online boutique. Your contribution has inspired many smiles - and this year is only the beginning..! :-)
To donate your gently-worn evening dress OR to sponsor a pre-owned dress from our collection, please get in touch!
Umayya Theba, 'The Mayyarani'