Frequently
asked questions

 

General FAQs
  • Help! I don't know what to do in my dress!

    There are million and one things to do in your dress, and it's important to remember that it doesn't matter what you do as long as you do it in a dress!

    To help you out, we'e compiled a handy list of 53 challenge ideas to do in your dress. Other ways to get inspiration is to check out the hashtag #doitinadress on Instagram and Twitter to see what other people are getting up to! And make sure you're following us on Instagram, and Like Do It In A Dress on Facebook for even more social media goodness and ideas!

  • How do I fundraise?

    Start out with something simple and ask those close to you to donate to you. Tell them why you’ve chosen to wear a school dress around and what makes giving girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda access to education so important to you! Try holding some events, getting active, or even just wearing your dress for everyday activities. Check out our our blog on 8 Foolproof Fundraising Tips and our Fundraising Toolkit for lots of fundraising tips and tricks to get you on your way to smashing your goal!

  • How can I get my local area involved?

    The best way to get your local area involved is by getting out there in your dress and sparking people’s interest. Once you’ve got some friends involved, do some everyday activities in your dresses and people will be just dying to know more! If you’re ready for your photo op, contact our media team at media@onegirl.org.au with what awesome stuff you’re doing, and we’ll work with you to get you into your local media!

  • Who is One Girl?

    One Girl is the organisation behind the Do It In A Dress campaign. We’re a non profit organisation that believe that EVERY girl on the planet has the right to an education. No matter where she is born, how much her family earns, what culture she adheres to, or what her religion says – EVERY GIRL deserves the opportunity to learn, grow and be the best she can be. We believe when you educate a girl, she can change her world.

    The funds raised through Do It In A Dress fund our girl-focused projects in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Find out more about us at: www.onegirl.org.au

  • Why girls?

    We could go into a long explanation of this, but there’s a video that shows this better than we could ever describe it…

  • Why Sierra Leone? Why Education?

    Sierra Leone is one of the worst places in the world to be a girl. If you’re a girl in Sierra Leone, you’ll only have a 1 in 6 chance of attending high school. There’s a 44% chance you’ll be married before your 18th birthday, and if you’re really unlucky you might get married as young as 11! Not only that, but there’s a 1 in 8 chance you’ll die during childbirth as well.

    But when a girl is educated, she’ll get married later and have fewer, healthier children. For every year she stays in school she’ll increase her income by at least 10%. With the money she earns, she’ll invest 90% of it back into her family. An educated girl becomes an educated woman. A woman who ensures her children will go to school, just like she did. Educating a girl improves the local economy more than any other type of investment

    Find out more at: www.onegirl.org.au/why-girls

  • Can I get a One Girl speaker to visit my school / workplace / Uni / community group?

    Absolutely! We’d love to come out and speak with you about how you can make a difference and share some inspiring stories about our work with girls’ education – shoot an email through to speaker@onegirl.org.au and we’ll be in touch to organise this!

Dress FAQs
  • How do I get my free dress?

    When you sign up, you'll get an email from us which includes a code. Just follow the link in the email and type in your code when prompted - your dress will be in the mail in no time!

    If you didn't get a code in your email, shoot Larissa a message at supporters@onegirl.org.au and we'll sort it out for you!

  • Where can I find sizing charts for the school dress?

    You can find a size chart here.

    Be sure to check the measurements carefully as the dresses ARE cut for school girls so can be a little snug - we advise everyone to size UP at least one size, and two sizes if you’re going to be doing something particularly active in your dress!

  • Do I have to use one of your school dresses?

    Not at all – although you get a FREE dress when you sign up, heaps of our participants break out their old school dresses, borrow dresses from friends or find op shop outfits, etc.

  • Where are your dresses made? Are they produced ethically?

    We source our dresses from the Australian company AGS Prints. The dresses are designed in Australia, and most are made in China, with some of our custom extra large-sized dresses made in Australia. We’ve spoken with AGS prints about the factory conditions that the dresses are made in and they have told us that they’ve been working with the same factory in China for 15 years. The owner of AGS Prints personally visits the factory regularly to ensure standards are being kept and no sweatshop labour is being used.

    We of course believe that ethical processes should be in place for any manufacturers and suppliers we deal with, both in Australia and overseas, and that is something we strive for in everything we do! That’s why we chose AGS Prints – we trust them.

  • Can I choose the colour of my dress?

    We can try to accommodate colour preferences, but it all depends on what’s in stock! If you have your heart set on one of the dress colours, you’ll need to email us at goodies@onegirl.org.au at the time of your purchase with your request, and we can try to make it happen. No promises though!

  • I live in Melbourne, can I come and pick up the dress?

    Unfortunately not. However, we do offer free shipping for all Do It In A Dress participants in Australia.

  • My dress doesn't fit well. Can I exchange it?

    Yes. Please email us at goodies@onegirl.org.au and we’ll shoot your through the details to make an exchange.

Website and Technical FAQs
  • I can’t log in to my account – it says my email address is already taken?

    Go to “sign in”, type in your email address and click “forget your password”? Your password will be sent to your email address. If this still doesn’t work, please email us at supporters@onegirl.org.au

  • How do I create a team?

    Login to your profile on the website. There’s a “create a team” button on the right hand side – click, fill out the details and voila, you’ve created a team!

  • How do I join a team?

    Login to your own Do It In A Dress account, search for the team you want to join, and click “join this team” on their page!

  • How can I change my fundraising page/team name or page URL?

    If you want to change your URL, you can email us at supporters@onegirl.org.au, and we’ll do this for you. We can’t always promise that the URL will be available, but we’ll do our best!

  • I donated to my friend but it hasn’t appeared on their page! Help!

    Don’t stress! You probably clicked the donate button in the menu rather than on the page. Send an email to supporters@onegirl.org.au – with your name, your donation amount and a link to your friend’s page and we’ll be able to allocate the donation to their campaign.

     

    Any other technical issues – please email us at supporters@onegirl.org.au with the details of the error and which browser you’re using.

Money and Donations FAQs
  • Is my donation to One Girl/Do It In A Dress tax deductible?

    Yes - One Girl is a registered charity and all donations over $2 are tax-deductible within Australia. A tax receipt will automatically be emailed to you when you donate – but if you don’t receive anything please get in touch with us at supporters@onegirl.org.au

  • Can donations be made in cash or do they have to be online?

    We only accept online donations through the website. If you collect cash donations, simply count up the cash amount and deposit it into your own bank account. Then, make a donation to your fundraising page online and it gets added to your fundraising total – BOOM!

    If a school, organisation, or business can only donate via cheque or bank transfer get in touch at supporters@onegirl.org.au to get the details for making those donations!

  • Where does the $300 figure come from?

    The $300 figure is the average raw cost of giving a girl in Sierra Leone a scholarship to attend school including all of the bits and pieces that make getting an education possible. We work in 23 schools in Sierra Leone and with girls of different ages, so the cost of each individual girl’s education differs. When averaged out all of the current costs it came to about $300. However not all the money raised through Do It In A Dress goes towards scholarships, One Girl has four girl-focused projects that reach and educate girls in a variety of ways - including school building, business training and more! Check out our blog for a more detailed explanation of how YOUR funds change lives!

  • How much of the money I donate actually gets to the girls I want to help educate? / How is the money spent?

    The honest answer is all of it. Every cent of the dollar you donate goes towards helping the girls we work with – it’s just that some of it goes more directly to helping the girls than others.

    70% of money raised goes directly to running our education programs in Sierra Leone. The costs that directly ‘help the girls’ include raw costs such as school fees, books, bags, uniforms, construction materials for schools, sanitary pads, etc. But all these programs need people to deliver them, plus monitoring and evaluation to ensure that the programs are actually having the desired impact. So that’s all wrapped up in program costs too.

    The remaining money is split between Fundraising costs (18%), and Admin costs (12%). Fundraising covers things like running the Do It In A Dress campaign – having a website, advertising to spread the word, buying dresses for the shop, and more. If we didn’t invest money in Do It In A Dress, we wouldn’t have amazing people like you taking part in the campaign and raising money for girls’ education.

    The more people participate, the more girls we can help. The 12% spent on Admin costs includes things like paying rent for our office space, an annual audit, and salaries for our small staff team. It may sound like these aren’t directly helping the girls we support – but without an office space or a dedicated team who work everyday to raise money, spread awareness, and deliver our programs, we couldn’t exist. A volunteer organisation can only get so far; people still have groceries to buy and bills to pay! As you can see, admin and fundraising costs aren’t bad. ALL the money raised helps the girls; just some of it more directly than others. Check out this blog we wrote about admin costs for more information.

Over 60 million girls around the world aren't in school, simply because they were born a girl.

But when you Do It In A Dress you can help change this.

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