On the 6th of October, I’ll be heading off to Cathedral Range State Park, with a bunch of mates, to hike the Southern Circuit. I’ve done this hike before, but this time will be different because I’ll be wearing a school dress as part of the Do It In A Dress movement. I’m hoping that my mates will also be wearing school dresses, but I don’t have a commitment from them yet. At worst, they will be there to laugh at me and take photos.
What on earth is Do It In A Dress?
Well in 2012, more than 1000 people from all over the world will wear a school dress, so that a girl in Africa can wear one too. Basically, you can elect to do just about anything while wearing a school dress, in order to raise money for education programs in Africa.
Find out more about the Do It In A Dress movement at their website, and check out the inspirational videos at the bottom of this post. Money raised is used to give girls access to education in various ways.
What made you decide to do this?
When I heard about Dustin (from SkinnyBackpacker.com) and his mates, who have recently done a 60+km hike in the Canadian Rockies (and already raised over $5,500 for the cause), I was immediately inspired to take part.
Then Julie Mundy (from WalksMelbourne.com) told me that she had decided to take part as well, and had started a team called “Hikers Without Pants”. This prompted me to sign myself up, and to set about inviting other hiking bloggers from all over the world to do the same. Unfortunately we’ve only had one other blogger join the team thus far (welcome John from Johnny Boy’s Walkabout Blog!), but I remain hopeful that the team will get bigger. If you’re a hiking blogger and you’re interested, please drop me a line.
Since Julie, John, and I are only planning to do day-hikes, we obviously don’t expect to raise as much as Dustin has… But personally, I’ll be very happy if I raise the $240 it takes to send one girl in Sierra Leone (West Africa) to school for a year. Anything extra would be a bonus. If you can afford to,
please throw a dollar or two our way (donation link removed – no longer available).
Stay tuned (after the 6th of October) for the blog post about my hike in a school dress, which will also contain links to my team member’s own stories.
If you need any more inspiration to donate, or to sign up and take part yourself, check out the Do It In A Dress promo videos…
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