Durban teen grants fairytale matric dance wish
Durban - Deon Govender, a Grade 12 pupil at Durban North College, wanted his matric dance to be different. So, instead of opting for a jaw-dropping tailored suit or showing up in an ultra swank car, he opted to share his special day with a person who never had the opportunity to do so.
Deon's mom, Vino, posted her son's request on Facebook today and within hours, the post had gone viral with hundreds of shares, likes and comments. Mrs. Govender told Newsful that Deon's decision to share the matric dance experience with a less fortunate person happened 10 minutes before she posted it online today.
She said the response was phenomenal. "When my son told me what he wanted to do, I jumped on board to support him. I thought I would just go out and pay for the person to have a dress, professional makeup and hair and even take care of the transport to and from the venue. But, since the post, we've been contacted by an international designer, a limousine company, a salon and the response has been incredible."
Deon's request is not limited to escorting a girl to his matric dance. He asked his mom to open the invitation to anyone, regardless of race, religion or gender. Mrs. Govender told Newsful that so far, they had only received requests from girls interested in going.
Mrs. Govender said the stories she received from those who had to miss their matric dance where truly heartbreaking. "We're looking at people who couldn't attend their matric dance because they couldn't afford to go or because they lost a parent." She said the media response was great. "We've been inundated with calls from the media who want to cover this story for the Sunday edition."
Deon's matric dance is taking place at the beautiful Durban Country Club this Saturday evening. According to his mom, the excitement is starting to grow as the countdown to unveiling the deserving partner ticks by.
Mrs. Govender said acts of kindness were not new to her son. "Deon has grown up in a home where blessing others is a normal part of life." She said she hoped this act would snowball into something larger, saying it was possible that this idea would spawn a movement to bring happiness into the lives of people who had been robbed of it.
The teen's plans after graduation are set on going to India for a year, to study IT. His mom says her only child's departure will be hard and she's not sure how she's going to handle it. One thing is for sure, the memories that will be created on Saturday will always serve as a reminder of her son's greatness.
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