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Communique: "Do It In A Dress" Aims To Put African Girls Through School | Wilmington Team "Go Girl"

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Kim Henry & Jamie Penn in school dresses

One Girl is a non-profit organization in Australia dedicated to making education available to all girls on the planet. One Girl's focus right now is to educate 1 million girls in Africa by 2020, beginning with Sierra Leone. October is the month of One Girl's signature fundraising project: Do It in a Dress, encouraging teams of fundraisers across the globe to wear a school uniform dress from Sierra Leone to raise awareness and money. Jamie Penn is the leader of the Do It in a Dress-Team "Go Girl" Campaign in Wilmington. She joined us, along with teammate Kim Henry. Listen above.

We're a group of women and men doing it in a dress (running, doing yoga, surfing, etc.) any way and any where in the U.S. we can in effort to raise money for the girls of Sierra Leone, who often watch their brothers go off to school without them. Girls in Sierra Leone are more likely to be sexually assaulted than to go to high school. We want to change this for as many girls as possible. -Wilmington "Go Girl" Team

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The dress

The way it works: Do It in a Dress teams receive dresses from the One Girl organization. These dresses are the uniform girls in Sierra Leone wear to school each day. The dresses have patches on them identifying the project. Team members wear the dresses to raise awareness and funds to put girls in school in Sierra Leone. The cost to put one girl through one year of school is $300.

Events for Wilmington Team "Go Girl":  

Monday, 10/24-Friday, 10/28: Salty Dog Yoga will be doing "yoga in a dress" all week.

Tuesday, 10/25:  Good Hops Brewing in Carolina Beach, 4:00pm-7:00pm. Beer and pizza in a dress/information about the project. 

Friday, 10/28: 4th Friday Downtown Gallery Walk, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Team "Go Girl" members will be at downtown galleries spreading the word.

Friday, 11/4: Wrap up party @ Lazy Pirate in Carolina Beach, 6:00pm-9:00pm. The Lazy Pirate will donate a percentage of sales to One Girl/Do It in a Dress. 

See more photos and information about the local team "Go Girl" on its Facebook Page. Donate to the project through the local "Go Girl" team here.

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Jamie Penn's daughter Ava plays softball in a dress
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Jamie Penn (2nd from left) and other teammates