As New Years Eve approaches, 31 days of wearing a dress each day for Dressember is coming to an end. I want to say a huge thank you to those who have supported me this month, whether through your encouragement, your donations or your interest in what I am doing, it has all been so appreciated.
As you will know by now after all my social media posts, stopping slavery is something I am very passionate about. I must say it has been a huge challenge for me to post a photo of myself wearing a dress every day this month! But I believe that every person deserves to be free so it has been a small price for me to pay.
Through the Dressember initiative collectively so far (there is still time to contribute, see the link here) we have raised over 1.1 million USD!!! This money is going to support the work that A21 and IJM do to rescue, and then restore lives of many who are trapped in slavery. This money is nearly enough to fund 175 rescue missions! When each mission can rescue between 1-500 people this means between 175 and 87,500 precious lives will experience the freedom they deserve as a result of many people’s generosity.
I have found it a privilege to participate in Dressember, to be part of something that is bigger than myself, bigger than just wearing a dress. Something that brings hope, something that gives freedom, dignity and a brighter future to so many.
I’m not going to lie, wearing a dress everyday has not always been convenient or easy but the cost of my momentary discomfort has been well outweighed by the outcome. It has reminded me to be so thankful for the freedoms I take for granted. I have seen that no matter how big an issue may seem, together every little bit does make a difference.
Wearing a dress each day has reminded me of the beauty I hold within, of the strength I carry to make a stand for justice and the voice I have been given to speak up for those who may not be in a position to speak for themselves.
Today I want to say thank you to YOU! Thank you for being a part of this journey.