Eqstra Industrial Equipment and Princess Project spread happiness and joy

Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) took on the sponsorship of a very worthy cause, the Princess Project, in 2011 as part of our Social Economic Development (SED) programme.

The Princess Project operates all over South Africa and aims to provide underprivileged Matric girls with evening gowns in order for them to experience a proper Matric Farewell, which many of us take for granted.

The project is dependent on the goodwill of women to donate evening wear, ball gowns, wedding dresses and Matric Farewell outfits in order to provide outfits for these underprivileged girls.

We have however gone one step further and not only supplied these girls with dresses, but have organized a complete Matric Farewell experience which will stay with these girls forever. Because these girls have experienced struggle throughout their lives, a proper Matric Farewell is the least that they deserve!

That is why EIE, as well as some wonderful employee volunteers, have taken on the task of sponsoring girls from the Herberg Children’s Home that attend the West Coast School in Saldanha. The process includes collecting them from the school, transporting them to Cape Town for the dress selection at the home of Princess Project, assisting them with the dress selection process, providing them with new shoes and new underwear and returning them to their school.

Furthermore, we also collected the girls on the day of the event and treated them to having their hair and make-up done and assisted them with getting dressed for the occasion. We also organized for them to have photos taken, and then returned them to their school where a bus transported them to the location of the farewell.

The Protea Hotel was also kind enough to sponsor accommodation for three girls and two teachers who assisted the girls in readying for their big day.

We at EIE are very proud to have been able to assist in making a few girls’ Matric Farewell dreams a reality and thank them for letting us get involved. We call on everyone to get involved with the Princess Project and in doing so, help deserving girls all over South Africa end off their school career in the proper way – with a Matric Farewell fit for a princess!