Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Are you doing it in a dress? If not, why not?
So, ever felt nostalgic about your school days? Here's a good justification for indulging in a bit of sentiment and having a hoot along the way. It also helps if you fancy putting a frock on for a good cause.
One Girl Australia has started a fun social media movement called Do It In a Dress, where in the month of October every year, people (yes, that's guys AND gals) from all over the world are wearing school dresses and doing fun, wacky, inane and embarrassingly public things to raise money to send girls to school in Sierra Leone in West Africa - one of the poorest countries on earth. They are setting a challenge to people to raise $240 in any way they can - to pay for a girl to go to school for a whole year.
One Girl is run by two incredible young Australian entrepreneurs, David and Chantelle, and a team of absolutely crazily-committed young volunteers. Their use of social media means their fundraising supporters and their volunteers come from all over the world. You can be part of it on twitter, the One Girl you tube channel, facebook and via yammer if you sign up as a champion. Their videos are stories are really worth watching - and very upbeat. They've got it together and people are responding in droves - move over Movember! Or maybe double up and grow a mo while wearing a dress?!
Their current campaign is to get Dave Hughes in a dress to help raise awareness: check out their cheeky website dedicated to this cause. In the meantime, hairy-legged hikers are hiking in their gingham, people have been sky-diving, having bake-offs, public flash-dance events, and a couple even got married in their school dresses. Now that's giving a new meaning to commitment! Supporters are encouraged to upload their photos and videos of their efforts it come along for the ride. Check out their Do It In a Dress blog for the latest exploits. You won't want to miss it. Who knew that helping others could be SO much fun.