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!
Reached 100% of your fundraising target! A+ effort!
Joined Do It In A Dress 2021 ... 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!
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Thanked my donors :)
First Flights - Doing it In a Dress
This week we're out in Central West NSW towing paragliders, preparing for the Paragliding State of Origin, where I (Rohan) will be leading and mentoring a team of awesome female paragliding pilots to fly cross-country and achieve their personal best distance.
Natalia, not being tow-endorsed has bravely agreed to be my tandem passenger for the week, despite being terrified of towing paragliders.
The forecast has deteriorated for our planned week of flying, however, we managed to have our first ever Tandem Cross Country flight yesterday flying from just outside of Dubbo to near the small town of Warren. As we commenced the tow behind a car and began to climb, the vastness of the incredible flat plains became apparent. Off tow as we climbed higher, the view was almost mesmerising. The Warrumbungle Range in the distance to our East providing a stark reference to the vast scale of these flat lands.
As we flew over this remarkable landscape, we flew with Wedge Tailed Eagles and the smaller Kites - both of which help us find lift (thermals - big columns of rising air) which we circle in and (hopefully) go up! Being able to share this experience with Nat was amazing and a real privilege, one of many incredible flights that has now been added to my flying joys.
Reflecting on this flight and the amazing world I'm able to experience only solidifies my passion and the reason I'm Doing this In A Dress. Whilst these flying experiences are my “normal”, there are those that can't even fathom what we do, and those that live with so much hardship without even the basic necessities and opportunities we have the fortune to have access to. As we try to raise funds and awareness for education and healthcare for girls in Uganda and Sierra Leone to help girls overcome enormous personal challenges and access life-changing knowledge and opportunities, we are mindful of the challenges we too are trying to overcome in our own context as we embark on this journey.
Nat had to overcome her very real fear of towing to allow me to take her on this flight. She was terrified - but determined to learn more about it, knowing that “knowledge reduces fear”. I also needed confidence and knowledge to ensure safe towing and flight operations, this being my first tandem towing flight and first tandem XC flight on the paraglider. I also had to ensure both of our safety in stronger winds and challenging flight conditions.
Whilst these are risks and challenges we choose to make to enjoy the extraordinary rewards of flight, and can in no way be compared to the challenges the girls we are trying to support face in daily life, we are committed to our core value of education, whilst stepping out of our comfort zone to seize the moment, seize the opportunity, and overcome fear. Because knowledge does reduce fear, and it really does change everything. By helping us provide education to these girls they can then have access to life-changing knowledge and opportunities to support themselves, their families and communities, stepping out of their comfort zone and hopefully changing their world.
Huge thanks to those who have already supported us, both financially, through their words of support and by sharing of our story. And please to others if you can support us in whatever capacity you can, please help us in our quest to raise funds and awareness for this wonderful initiative from One Girl. We’re wearing a school dress for those that can’t. Hopefully we can change that for one girl at a time.
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