Dream gown contest off to a good start

Gillian McAinsh

THE first two from the class of 2012 to enter their matric farewell dress for Reach for a Dream’s fundraiser, Wear Your Dream, have gone for rich jewel colours.

Lawson Brown matriculant Eden van Rooyen, who lives in Heath Park, and Westering High School Grade 12 pupil Amaarah Lombard of Westering are the first two entrants in what is expected to be a bumper year.

See the entry form on this page for more information on how to enter, and note that early birds who send in entries – consisting of a R50 donation to Reach for a Dream and photographs – are more likely to have their photographs featured in La Femme than entrants who leave their entries until later.

Van Rooyen bought her peacock blue dress from a Nelson Mandela Bay designer, while Lombard hired her cherry-red number. These dresses will be entered in different categories. “We keep the identity of designers confidential at this stage, and do not ask entrants prior to the preliminary judging in October. This keeps the competition ethical,” said Michelle van Huyssteen at Reach for a Dream.

The Herald and Reach for a Dream are presenting this year’s Wear Your Dream matric dress competition, which offers prizes worth over R8000 to three winners and the chance for 30 girls to model their dresses once more – and all for a good cause.

The Reach for a Dream Foundation fulfills the dreams of children living with a life-threatening or life-changing illness, so this competition is held with a twofold aim: to showcase matric farewell wear and also to raise funds.

Prizes include weekends away in the Tsitsikama, beauty and skincare pampering, spa and meal vouchers, beautiful crystal jewellery and professional photo shoots. All 30 finalists chosen will have their dress featured in La Femme and will be asked to model their dress at the gala finale function to be held at Running Waters on November 16.

Dresses may be entered in one of the following categories:

ýHome made (made by a non-professional);

ý Designer made: hired;

ýDesigner made: bought.

Entries for the competition are now open and each form must be accompanied by a minimum donation of R50 which will go to fund the Reach for a Dream activities.

See the entry form on this page for further information on the categories as well as how and where to enter. The entry form is also available on Reach for a Dream’s Wear Your Dream competition Facebook page (search for: Wear-Your-Dream-matric-dress-competition) and at La Femme’s Facebook page (search for: Lafemme Herald).

Entries close on October 10.

Further information from Michelle van Huyssteen at Reach for a Dream (041) 373-9705.

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