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.
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