Dream factory turns 25

Octayvia Nance

THE Reach For A Dream Foundation this month marks 25 years of making the dreams of South African children between the ages of three and 18 years old come true – and is asking The Herald readers to help celebrate the milestone birthday by being involved with children’s dreams in the city.

Reach for a Dream national operations manager Inge Human – who is based in Port Elizabeth – said each child should be given a chance to dream and have that dream come true. The foundation enriches the lives of children who have a life-threatening illness by making their dreams come true, distracting them from the needles, medicine and hospital.

“Each child living with a life-threatening illness is given a chance to dream,” Human said.

“The dreams usually fall into a certain category. These categories include going places, experiencing something, meeting someone or possessing something. No matter what a child dreams of, we will never say no to any dream. Unless the doctor feels that it is not appropriate due to the illness, we make the day a special experience for the child. We embellish it with things the child mentioned when we did his or her assessment.”

The foundation will host a Slipper Day campaign for the second year on Friday August 2.

“The concept is simple, you buy a Slipper Day sticker for R10 and wear your slippers to work or school,” Human said.

“All the money raised in PE will be used to fulfil dreams for children in our area. With the Little Slipper Company, we are running a competition for primary school children. They can design their own slipper.

“The winning slipper design will be specially made by the Little Slipper Company. Tickets for Slipper Day are available from our office or at Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre.”

Top Port Elizabeth dress designer Jason Kieck is preparing for his show-stopping Dare to Dream fashion extravaganza with Reach for a Dream as the main beneficiary.

What makes this so special is that it will coincide with the foundation’s 25th birthday.

The show will once again take on the form of a black tie evening (strictly tux and evening gowns), a three/five course meal, fashion show and first-class entertainment, as well as gift boxes for ticket holders.

Kieck is not only responsible for the design and production of the 30 breathtaking dresses for the show, but also heads up the production and choreography to ensure a professional, well-run event.

All previous shows have been a sellout and the evenings have ended with standing ovations and dancing. The event will take place on August 31 at the Feather Market Centre.

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