“Be strong enough to stand alone, smart enough to know when you need help, and brave enough to ask for it. “ This is exactly what Rhodes High School student, Danielle Roach, did for her fellow matric students, and the Dis-Chem Foundation came to the rescue.
Danielle appealed to Cape Talk; asking for help to make sure her classmates have a memorable matric ball. With one hundred and seventy Matrics, the school hall does not have the capacity to cater for an event of this size and would need to look at alternative options, which would increase the costs. She explained that the school does not have enough funds to self-finance the event and that many of her peers cannot afford to pay for tickets to attend their own matric ball.
The only option the school has is to erect a marquee on its premises in Mowbray, as the school cannot afford to hire a venue.
Cape Talk contacted the Dis-Chem Foundation who immediately came to the rescue in the form of this month’s ‘Random Act of Kindness’ by donating R20 000 towards the costs of the event. Penny Stein from the Dis-Chem Foundation said, “We feel strongly about all learners being able to attend their own Matric Ball.” She continued, “We commended Danielle for being so proactive about the situation. She sounds like a very special girl.” Headmaster, Keith Long, commented on the Kieno Kammies show that historically, over a third of the learners aren’t able to attend every year due to financial reasons but that this year the learners will be “over the moon that their dream has become a reality thanks to the Dis-Chem Foundation”.