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Virtue Magazine is celebrating Women’s month and as part of the celebration we have chosen to notice and acknowledge women who make it women’s day all year round. Lerato Moteane (22) proves that there is no limit when it comes to charity with her initiative, #dress_a_graduate.

So what is #dress_a_graduate?

“#Dress_A_Graduate is an initiative that I recently started with help from the Elizabeth Foundation to help graduating students who are in need of attire for their graduation ceremonies.”

As a marketing strategist and Bcomm in fashion retail fulltime student, Lerato recognized how she could use her skills for the betterment of the community.

She was inspired by a comment she saw on her post regarding giving away a 2 piece she recently owned. The comment pointed out that it would look perfect on a deserving graduate; and so, she birth #dress_a_graduate so as to assist all those graduates in need of clothing and accessories for their graduation.

Miss Moteane then partnered up with a friend, Mosiuoa Mosehle along with other sponsors as well as the Elizabeth Foundation to provide clothing, make-up, haircuts, photography-all the works to graduates in need.

We concede her realization of the importance of charity cannot be restricted to only orphanages and the homeless. There is a great amount of charity needed everywhere, throughout and we thank her for setting a criterion for the future generation to follow.
This project as well as others similar to it can help in need graduates to feel a sense of warmth and can also help boost their esteem on their big day-everyone deserves to look amazing on their big day and we hope more sponsors give heed to the prominence of this project.

I hope this is interpreted as a group of students who are just trying to make the world a better place with the little bit of influence that we have, we hope to also inspire more people to lend a helping hand to those in need,” Lerato added.

Mosiuoa and Lerato worked hand in hand to try and make this project a success by sending as many emails as they could to potential sponsors. The feedback they got was promising so they pressed on to it to make it a possibility.

As a young woman, Lerato points out that this initiative has rooted her strength to a standstill. She also adds that nothing is as beautiful as being an inspiration with just being yourself.

We couldn’t agree more.

She would like to extend her thanks to Mphoma Rampeta, Mosiuoa Mosehle, The Elizabeth Foundation, ‘Malehlohonolo Kelepa,Phomolo Serongoane, Tumelo Qophe (NUL SRC Vice President) and sponsors for making the project a reality.

If you are in a position to donate money, shoes, dresses, suits, shirts, formal wear and accessories for both males and females, please send me (Lerato Moteane) an email on or drop me a WhatsApp on +27 78 272 7555 

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