Yesterday’s Twitter debate around the importance of Matric Dances, sparked by Dineo Ranaka, brought up an important issue that causes many high school girls a lot of anxiety and frustration. Many girls don’t have the means to dress up on their matric dance nights and miss out on the opportunity to commemorate their high school years.

While having a glamorous dress for a night may not seem like a big deal, it carries much more meaning than that. Dressing up with friends is a confidence-boosting, stress-relieving, fun activity that most of us take for granted. Here’s how you can help a matric girl feel super special on her big night:

The Princess Project

Helga Leurs founded The Princess Project when she noticed that girls who couldn’t afford to dress up for the night, opted to skip their dance completely for fear of not fitting in. They’ve now even expanded to include donations of wedding dresses, to help brides on their special day.

They now have drop-off points for dresses in all provinces or at  selected Foschini stores nationwide.

Cadbury’s #PSGiveADress Campaign

Cadbury’s PS chocolates are all about sharing memorable moments with people you love, so it’s fitting that they’re running a matric dress collection campaign to help young girls enjoy an anxiety-free night with their friends.

Dresses can be dropped off at participating The Space clothing stores between 11 July and the 14 August at the following locations:

  • The Space stores are located in KwaZulu-Natal at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and The Pavilion.
  • In Johannesburg at The Zone in Rosebank, Clearwater Mall and the Mall of Africa.
  • In Pretoria at Woodlands Mall and Brooklyn Mall.
  • If you’re in Cape Town you can drop your dress off at Canal Walk or Cavendish Square andBaywest Mall in Port Elizabeth.

If you’re in need of a dress, or know someone who is, you can send a message to Cadbury PS on Facebook and tell them why you should be the lucky recipient.

Fairy Godmother Project

The Fairy Godmother Project operates in Johannesburg and takes donations of evening dresses, cocktail dresses, jewellery and shoes.

Drop off points for Fairy Godmother project only:

  • FOURWAYS – Hazel Schreiber – please call her prior to drop off to make arrangements on 082 579 2041 – 24 Chateau d’Vieux, 28 Fountain Road, Beverley.
  • BRYANSTON: 011 463 5951, Urban Lifestyle Salon, Hobart Shopping Centre, Grosvenor Road, Johannesburg.
  • FOURWAYS: 011 467 8283
, The Firm, Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Kingfisher Road, Fourways.
  • DAINFERN: 011 469 3416
, Nicole’s Hair Salon, 980 Hempton, Dainfern.
  • BRYANSTON: Huizemark, Bryanston Gate Office Park Block 2 Entrance either on: Main and Curzon/ Main and Homestead. Tel:( 011) 789-4448 Cell: 082 343 6299

The Cinderella Project

Fashion writer and our style inspiration, Kenny Morifi-Winslow started the Cinderella Project to help both girls and boys make their Matric dance night as glamorous as possible. They’re accepting dresses and suits in Johannesburg.

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The Dress-A-Girl Project

Another great initiative we found on Twitter that’s been founded this year. They’re collecting all kinds of accessories and dresses for special occasions and include an important reminder that all sizes are needed and welcome.