ON October 10 and 11, the team at Local Midvale business The Green Life Soil Co will be wearing a slightly different uniform – a school dress.
They are supporting Melbourne-based charity One Girl and its “Do It In A Dress” campaign.
Their mission is to raise much-needed funds to give women and girls in Sierra Leone access to education through scholarships, school rehabilitation projects, and business training.
“We’re a male-dominated workplace, and when I heard about the Do It In A Dress initiative, I thought it would be a bit of fun to have all the boys dress up and be involved – and they were all up for it,” Linda Mitchener from Green Life said.
“We had already planned to have visiting gardening experts in store, so it seemed a good idea to combine the two events and raise money for this very worthwhile cause.
“Over the weekend we’ll be donating part profits, plus customers can add their lose change to the donation box, or donate directly to us online.
There are more than 66 million girls in the world who are not in school and in Sierra Leone only one in six girls gets the opportunity to attend high school.
Ms Mitchener said 23 per cent of adolescent women in Sierra Leone were in marriages or a union, which meant a girl was more likely to be a child bride than to attend school.
“The impact of sending just one girl to school is undeniable: she will marry later, have a smaller and healthier family and for every year a girl stays in school she’ll increase her income by at least 10 per cent, investing 90 per cent of it back into her family,” One Girl CEO Chantelle Baxter said.
Since 2011, more than 2500 people from all over the world have taken part in the Do It In A Dress campaign, which has raised just more than $1 million for One Girl’s girls’ education projects across Africa.
“If you believe every girl has the right to an education, it’s time to take a stand – in a school dress – for girls’ education,” Ms Baxter said.
Visit www.doitinadress.com for more.