Charlie Syme

Do It In A Dress 2019

Women hold up half the sky

A few years back I was lucky enough to travel to the Ufafa Valley, outside of Durban, South Africa, with Oxfam Australia. I was there to gather stories about the work Oxfam was doing to help people lift themselves out of poverty. 

While I was there I read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, an extraordinary book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. 

While the book can be uncomfortable to read at times, it's ultimately a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. It shows how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad, and that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. 

While spending time in the Ufafa Valley community and talking to people about Oxfam's work, I met a young girl called Yolanda, a fierce and confident 5 year old with the most unforgettable smile. Yolanda attended the Oxfam-supported pre-school, where she learnt the importance of washing hands after using the bathroom and before meals. Despite her age, she had taken this into her home, where she insisted that her family all wash their hands before meals. 

It was a transformational experience for me, to see both the cost and the opportunity in empowering girls to realise their potential. 

Shortly after I became involved with One Girl, where I do all I can to advance the mission of tranforming the lives of girls and their communities through education. 

This year I'm Doing Work in a Dress on October 11, International Day of the Girl. I want to highlight to my colleagues in the heart of Melbourne's business district what's happening on the other side of the world, and what they can do to help. It's my small part of a bigger movement.

Thank you for your support. 

I'm Doing It In A Dress because...

... 130 million girls around the world are out of school. Educating girls not only changes the lives of those girls, but also their families, communities and countries. Not only that, but getting more girls in school will have a positive impact on climate change! A win-win-win.

I'm putting on a school dress to raise awareness and raise funds for girls' education. Because when I put on a dress, I'll be helping girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda put on a school dress and take charge of their futures. 

Help me change the world through girls' education!

My Achievements

Reached 100% of your fundraising target! A+ effort!

Joined Do It In A Dress 2019 ... and we're off!

Raised $40!? Enough for five reusable pad kits!

Hit $100! Enough for life skills training for six months!

Raised $300 – that's enough for school for one year!

Raised $500 ... you are absolutely smashing it!

Shared on facebook!

Thanked my donors :)

Thank you to my Sponsors


Rob Catchlove

Well done


Bess And Duff Andrews

Go charlie!!!


Mcgee Noble

What a great cause, you are a champ Charlie :)




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Agata Bisikiewicz

thanks for the presentation


Amelia Ray

Thanks for this mornings presentation (and snacks..)!


Charlie Syme

Cash donations <3


Tomorrow Commercial Limited


Myrah And Aarna Bagasrawala

Good initiative mate


James Wark


Signal Security


Shristi Koirala


Laura Noonan


Sashi Perera


Matched By Our All-round Legendary Anonymous Donor

Here's your matched donation! Yay!


Shay Singh

Good on you Charlie


Ness Kennedy

Go Charlie!


Sophie Dyason

Yes, go Charlie!


Yvette Petersen

Yay for Yolanda!


Scott Bocskay

Well done charlie, as a proud father of a strong girl, i appreciate your effort and commitment to such a great cause



I'd would like to see the look on the investment banker/wanker faces. Maybe where a bodycam 😂


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