Dressember Wrap Up

Dressember has come to an end so I wanted to let you know how I went with my challenge and campaign. I was successful in wearing dresses every day in December. I wore many of my own and borrowed from friends and family also. It did not end up being too hard, the winter weather was pretty kind in December. I would have definitely found it much colder during January.

I have not yet reached my fundraising goal but there are a few weeks left so a reminder post here and a reminder email might get me a little closer. I am thrilled to have raised $940 and am so thankful to have such supportive friends and family members along with some donors I don’t know. Thank you all.

During Dressember and since it ended I have read updates and newsletters from the International Justice Mission, the organization which will receive the funds and put them to use around the world. The stories are both encouraging and heartbreaking. Men, women and children are being helped, freed and given hope but there are so many more still to be reached and impacted. If you would still like to contribute please click over here to my fundraising page.

I’ll wrap up with the dresses for Dressember 19-27:wpid-2014-12-31_09.28.42.jpgand the final four of the month, the year and the challenge:

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10 days of Dressember left

To read earlier posts about my Dressember campaign visit here and herewpid-2014-12-18_21.42.56.jpgA few fun facts about my Dressember so far

  • consecutive days spent wearing dresses = 21
  • different dresses worn =18
  • people whose closets I have raided = 4 (thanks girls)
  • things I wouldn’t usually have done in a dress – shovel snow, stack wood, take a carol singing hayride!
  • already raised 42% of my Dressember goal (I’d love to reach 100%)

Far more important facts which should help you see why I am wearing dresses all month and raising money for the International Justice Mission

  • It costs $20,000 to cover a IJM lawyer’s salary for a year
  • $4500 will cover trial fees for a victim’s case
  • $200,000 would provide 100,000 hours of individual trauma therapy for trafficking survivors.
  • Over $270K has been raised so far this Dressember
  • The total goal is $500,000

If you would like to support the International Justice Mission in working to end human trafficking, if you would like to see dignity restored to all women, if you would like to see justice for the poor, then donating to my Dressember campaign is a chance to be involved.

Thank you to those who have donated to the campaign and encouraged me as I have participated. To see the daily dresses you can check out my Pinterest board or Instagram.

 

 

 

Dressember 9

Days 1-9We are almost one third of the way through Dressember and I am happy to report that I have reached over a third of my fundraising goal. My goal is $1240 which is $40 a day for the month of December. Thank you to those of you who have checked out the sites I linked to at the beginning of the month and thank you to those who have already donated.

Last year the Dressember campaign raised $165,000; this year’s campaign has already past that milestone. As of today, 2,510 Dressember advocates around the world have raised $170,144.

I have to admit it has not been too much of a challenge wearing a dress for the last nine days. The biggest thing is of course keeping warm as the temperature has ranged from +5°C to -16°C. Most of my time has been spent inside but even when I’m outside I have a collection of warm boots and cosy tights to keep the chill off! Both my girls and a couple of friends have allowed me to raid their closets.  I didn’t set out to wear a different dress every day in December but it has been fun to have such variety.

The point is to make a difference and to make change possible for women, men and children living against their will in desperate, illegal and hopeless circumstances. The money raised for the International Justice Mission funds rescue missions and system reform as well as programs to equip and support those who have been rescued. Read some of the stories of hope here.

If you would like to the work of the International Justice Mission please visit my fundraising page. For updates check back here on my blog; to see the daily dress visit my  Pinterest board or my Instagram

Thanks for caring.

Dressember 1st

Today I begin my Dressember challenge to wear a dress every day in December and raise awareness and funds for the work of the International Justice Mission. To donate please visit my fundraising page.

The heart of Dressember is dignity for all women so I hope you will get involved some how. The money raised will help stop human trafficking. I would love you to share my fundraising page or blog address and if you are able, donate to the work of the International Justice Misson which works all over the world to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.

I will update you regularly here on my blog as well as post my daily dress on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Today’s dress is an oldie; I made it at least fifteen years ago, maybe more. I recently shortened it as it hadn’t been worn for years.

Dressember 2014

I have taken on a challenge. I will wear a dress every day in December in order to raise money and awareness for the International Justice Mission. To support me in my campaign visit my Dressember page. I will post updates here on my blog and document each day’s dress on Instagram and Pinterest.

Dressember logo

Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time.

The heart of Dressember is freedom– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.

Lake Placid

A month or so ago Andrew and I spent a weekend in Lake Placid. It is only three hours away from Ottawa and is a very pretty little town. We were there as the colours were changing  and saw some hills blanketed in autumn tones as we drove there and back home. Town of Lake Placid across Mirror Lake Heather Telford
The colours were not all golden as you can see in these photos of Mirror lake at dusk. The town of Lake Placid surrounds this little lake and many stunning homes and businesses such as the restaurant below have lake side views.

Mirror Lake Heather Telford
Lake Placid has hosted two winter olympics so there are sporting venues and historic sites everywhere you look. We were impressed by the front of Lake Placid Highschool (it looks a little fancier than our children’s highschool!) but we thought the concrete running track could use a little work. After walking a bit further we were able to read the sign explaining that it was the olympic speed skating track! Lake Placid High School Heather Telford
We spent several hours hiking up Round Mountain hoping that maybe the sun would break through by the time we reached the top. It did not.
View from Round Mountain NY Heather Telford
On the way back from our hike we stopped to stare at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Olympic Jumping Complex Heather Telford

 

Olympic Jumping complex Heather Telford
After we were back in Ottawa I was reading an article listing the most attractive towns in the US in autumn and not surprisingly Lake Placid was one of them. It would be fun to go back and see it in another season.
Chubb River Heather Telford