Prom Night
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A glittering evening reminded teenagers fighting life-threatening illnesses of their sparkle at a super special Prom Night just for them:


Cape Town, South Africa (11 December 2023) — Gowns, suits, sparkles and smiles lit up an evening in Cape Town as teenagers facing one of life’s toughest fights got to bask in the magic of a super special Prom Night.

A highlight on most teenagers’ calendars, Prom Night (matric dance) traditionally celebrates the end of our school days and the welcoming of new adventures in the big wide world of adulthood. However, for these teens,  Prom Night celebrated a lot more.

Reach For A Dream are no strangers when it comes to making dream moments and memories a reality. So when it came to giving teens who are fighting life-threatening illnesses their moment to sparkle like any other high schooler, they knew they needed to pull out all the stops.

Beyond a glittering evening at the Peninsula Hotel in Cape Town, the teens were styled like stars and enjoyed a gorgeous grand entrance to the event in classic cars. Not to mention, they walked a red carpet rolled out just for them, where their loved ones cheered as their biggest fans. Then of course there were all the Prom Night essentials—good music, dancing and delicious treats.

This was a celebration of life. Of incredible strength. Of the joy that no illness can take away or overpower, even if just for an evening. Because sometimes, it just takes one day of joy to become the all-important source of inner strength that’s needed on the hardest days.

The Prom Night event underscored Reach For A Dream’s commitment to uplifting children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses, giving them a chance to enjoy moments of joy and also normalcy during battles many may never understand.

It was a night that gave some of the teenagers the matric dance they never had, and one that gave everybody present the most important reminder—even on the hardest paths, there are hopeful pitstops.

Sources: Supplied 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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