Bec Yandell

Do It In A Dress 2019

Over the half way mark...

Today marks 16 days of wearing a school dress. That's 16 days of awkward eye contact and people staring at me, 16 days of working out how to accesorize a school uniform, 16 days of being a little uncomfortable everywhere I go... 

But it also marks 16 days of having the most generous friends and family supporting me, 16 days of interesting and important conversations about girls education with strangers, and most importantly, raising enough money to support 5 girls for an entire year to get into that classroom and change the world 🌍

I'm just over halfway to my goal of $3000, and while I can't wait to put on my favourite red dress at the end on this 30 days, for now this one will have to do....

Day One In A Dress

Today, my first day in a dress, was a big one! I'm writing this sitting in Brisbane airport, been up since 5:30am, with less than an hour left of school dress wearing to go... QLD weather + non-breathable fabric + lugging heavy suitcases around all day = one sweaty, uncomfortable, self-concious Bec. I definitely am feeling like I've regressed back into my awkward, uncomfortable teenage self in this uniform, and it's not helping that everyone just assumes I'm still in high school 😂

BUT, I am proud that I've (almost) lasted a full 12 hours in this school dress because I know how proud it makes so many of our One Girl Scholars. The absolute joy and pride they show when they talk about putting their school uniform on is making every second of torturous dress wearing worth it. In a place where a girl is more likely to be married as a child than she is to finish high school, a school uniform is worth more than I could possibly imagine. 

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

A few months ago, I was feeling pretty hopeless at the state of the world. I sent myself into a spiral reading all about the catastrophic affect of the changing climate on the world and it's people. I convinced myself I needed to learn how to grow my own food, be more self-sufficient, and prepare myself for the inevitable climate apocalypse...

But, then all of a sudden I was feeling something I hadn't felt in a while - a sense of hope. Why the sudden shift from doomsday prepping to hopeful optimism? Because I learnt that I didn't need to quit my job, move to a secure location and go off-grid - in fact the best thing I could do for the planet and it's future is exactly what I was already doing. To put my energy into working for an organisation that has the education of girls and women at it's core. 

Educating girls and women is the number ONE way we can fight climate change and make this planet more sustainable for everyone! So this year, I'm putting my body where my mouth is and I'm going to be challenging myself in ways I never have before... 

For every $100 I raise between now and October 31st, I will wear a school dress for an entire day! That's right - 12 hours of non-stop school dress wearing. AND what's more, I'll even be running in my dress, as I prepare for my first ever 10km run on October 13th. So do you want to see me relieving my high school days (with a much better haircut, and slightly less social anxiety)? Then support me to educate 10 girls in Sierra Leone, and let us fight climate change together. 

 

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

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Kara Nathan

Hey girl, you’re a bloody legend! You are an incredible and humble humanist, and your dedication is beautiful. Good luck xx

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Christine Goodear

Great effort, Bec hope you reach your goal.

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Maddie Sheedy

Keep going, you incredible human 💕 Love your efforts and the passion you have for making a difference xx

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Marla Donehue

You’re amazing Bec! Keep up the great work ❤️

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Julia C

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Jennifer Weight

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Simon

Love you and what you’re doing is so great!!! Sorry it took me so long to finally get to this !

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Lili Nishiyama

Go Bec!!

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Georgia Williams

$260

David Heyes

$26

Anonymous

$104

Ryan Wagner

Keep crushing it girl

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Kara Gibbons

You're a star 😘

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Sarah Russell

You’re amazing!

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Michael Yandell

Money from afternoon tea at Vesta and a personal donation

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Nick Yandell

Go Bec. Unlike many others the dress suits you

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Sarah Yandell

Go girl xx

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Christie Doolan

$20.80

Julia Pecoraro

$20.80

Adele Faraone

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Emma Weight

Good luck beautiful woman!

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Anne Heyes

well done

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Cheyne Jacka

$104

Eli Niall

Go Bec!!

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Tash

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Caitlin Damilatis

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Katherine

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Twomey Family

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Twomey Family

Go Bec !

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Sophie Montgomery

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Xenia Taunt-rivers

Proud of my inspiring and fearless sister!! Go girl

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Rebecca Yandell

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