Melbourne based NGO One Girl holds a campaign each year called "Do It In A Dress" where ambassadors and social justice advocates host events to raise money to support women and girls in the African countries of Sierra Leone and Uganda.
The events are created to bring friends and family together to embark on fun and exciting adventures in which you can physically "do it in a dress", the point being to embody the girls we are raising our voices for. The dress is specifically a school dress, and can be purchased online via the One Girl website - in which your money will then go towards funding the continuous projects that are taking place in the two countries to create education opportunities for girls, and to teach communities about sustainable living and business education.
In October 2017 I hosted TWO "Do It In A Dress" events, in preparation for my big personalised event, hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro!
Not including any dresses purchased through the One Girl website, I personally raised a total of $3550.
"DO IT IN A DRESS" CHARITY FASHION SHOW
I teamed up with Rwandan born, Adelaide based fashion label, Mazzprints to create an entertaining and meaningful fashion show. Guests paid ticket entry into my own home where we put on an afternoon of live acoustic music, plenty of food and drink and then a showcase of the beautiful and vibrant Kenyan printed clothes.
In collaboration with freelance musician Robert Rowland, freelance photographer Teagan Jade from Da Rocha Imagery, beautiful models; Tash Linker, Trishini Putty, Farica Onalimi and Estella Imani, Marie cofounder and designer of Mazzprints and my fund raising cause for One Girl, plus sharing some of my own poetry, it was a wonderful afternoon of connecting with many creatives, supporting and encouraging one another.
'DO IT IN A DRESS' CHARITY HIKE
Bringing together the people of Adelaide, we hiked the 3.8km trek to the top of Mt. Lofty! We created quite the atmosphere, grabbing attention from random hikers, with every participant wearing a One Girl school dress.
I collected optional donations from participants, as well as local companies in Adelaide donated their products: e.g. Magic Springs water and Carousel fruit market.
I advertised this event on all my social media outlets and I even visited the studio of Coast FM, and spoke on the phone live with Life FM.