PE couple wave magic wand for extra-special night for pupils
Bay socialite Shahnaz Williams and her husband, former municipal spin doctor Roland, became fairy godparents when they helped two teenage girls from a children’s home experience an unforgettable night at their high school farewell.
Dressed to the nines, the girls looked breathtaking as they were chauffeured in sports cars to the Westview High School Grade 10 farewell in Newton Park on Thursday night.
The couple arranged dresses, shoes, hair treatments and makeup for the two girls.
The teens, both 17, live at the facility and cannot be named for child protection reasons.
Shahnaz also roped in Bay business personalities Motse Mfuleni and Siva Govender to offer their Aston Martin and Porsche Boxster Sport to take the girls to the function.
She said she could not believe the joy on the girls’ faces when she was finished transforming them from “beautiful to extraordinary”.
“I think there are two or three most important days in a girl’s life: her farewell dance, 21st birthday and her wedding,” Shahnaz said.
“I have known these girls for more than three years now through the home.
“Two weeks ago I asked them to choose from one of my old [evening] dresses – some of which I have never worn. They chose the ones they liked and we asked Balu Naran to dry clean them for us,” Shahnaz said.
Naran is a former ANC councillor and also acquainted with the home.
Shahnaz said while she was glamming up the two teenagers, all the other girls at the home wanted to help out.
“It was an electrifying moment. Everybody was excited and it was the most touching experience in my life.”
After they finished transforming the girls into party princesses, “everybody was in tears”.
“Most of us have the privilege of family and those girls don’t. I was so touched when they said, ‘we don’t feel like we have no family when we look this beautiful’,” Shahnaz said.
“It always feels good to [do] something special for people. The highlight for me was when they each gave me a bouquet of flowers. I asked them, ‘are you happy?’, because that was crucial.”
“This is what I would want somebody to do for my children if I was not around.”
One of the girls said: “It was awesome to look that beautiful. My friends could not believe it when I arrived in a Porsche. Nobody has ever done anything like that for me.”
The home’s child care programme manager, Harrison Nash, said Shahnaz and Roland invited the children from the home to their daughter’s birthday party earlier this year.
“They said should we need any assistance we must contact them. I contacted Shahnaz about the two girls’ farewell function and they offered to take care of them.”
“They organised the dresses, makeup and did a dress rehearsal for the girls. It was such a blessing that their dreams came true on that day.”
Yesterday, Roland said they had stepped in to make the two pupils’ dreams a reality.
“They got their very own Cinderella evening when their ‘fairy godparents’ stepped in to make it possible for them to attend the farewell , ” he said.