Beauty is an attitude of the heart

From left, Abigail van der Linde, Shannon Oellerman, Briony Blevin, Cameron La Marque and Sarah-Jane Hunlun receiving the cheque from Ashton managing director Joe Erasmus for The North Coast Courier Orphan Fund, (back) with Daniella Styan and Kayler Hulett. Photo: Head Hunters.

The 2017 Debutantes and Squires Programme which raised a whopping R55 000 culminated in the Fairytale Cinderella themed awards ball which was held at the picturesque Collisheen Estate Weddings and Functions venue last week.

The programme, which consists of students in Forms 2, 3 and 4, was under the guidance of pupil Deneil Habig and focused on raising funds this year, rather than doing community service.

“Every debutante and squire is congratulated for the way they embraced the programme,” said Deneil.

The pupils hosted a successful golf day at Umhlali Country Club, provided catering at various school functions including Annie, the Rotary Choir Festival and at the Cheetahs vs Sharks rugby day, a Mother’s cocktail evening and raffles.

Proud family members, friends, the management and staff of Ashton International were there on Friday to celebrate this great achievement and the announcement of the winning Debutantes and Squires.

The winning debutante was Sarah-Jane Hunlun, with Kayler Hulett placing second and Abigail van der Linde in third.

Over the past six years, the programme has raised R388 000 for charity.

Some of the proceeds from the programme were handed over to St Lukes’ Home of Healing (R5 000); North Coast Courier Orphan Fund (R10 000), Lily of the Valley Orphanage R1 500, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (R10 000).

Ashton bid farewell to their Grade 11 pupil Toni Latchford who lost her brave battle against cystic fibrosis last year.

The remainder of the funds will be distributed to various organisations that have applied to the Debutantes Fund.
Ashton Senior College Head, Jenny van Buuren said the school has a close relationship with the North Coast Courier Orphan Fund.

“While the Ashlings support the Soup, Sox and Snuggles Programme annually, the Debutantes and Squires blessed this well-administered Fund once again. We believe that these youngsters have over the past six years made a considerable impact on the lives of others and shared a little bit of their magic,” said van Buuren.

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Elana Geist

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