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Cotton On Foundation set to reach $100M as it takes to the Social Good Summit stage to highlight the importance of girls education.

3rd October, 2019

Cotton On Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Australia’s largest fashion retailer the Cotton On Group, is collaborating with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation Initiative for the ‘Together for Her’ campaign to raise awareness of the importance of girls receiving a quality education.

Andy Lee and Rebecca Harding joined the Cotton On Foundation to announce the unique partnership at the Social Good Summit in New York (September 22). The Foundation was invited to speak about its projects to empower youth though education programs in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia. Since 2007, Cotton On customers have raised almost $100M through the sale of everyday items where 100% of proceeds are donated to the work of the Foundation.

As part of the ‘Together for Her’ campaign an exclusive range of tees and totes are currently available online and in Cotton On stores globally. With 100% of proceeds from the campaign contributing to the delivery of a Leadership Summit in Uganda for Cotton On Foundation-supported schools and regional Girl Up Clubs.

Andy Lee, a long-time friend and Cotton On Foundation advocate, has travelled to Uganda to see first-hand the work of the Foundation. He says “I’ve felt lucky to have worked with the Cotton On Foundation for over half a decade now. Seeing the work first hand in Uganda was inspiring. I always knew the Foundation was making a difference, I probably underestimated how much. A huge thanks to the public that take time to buy/ donate with the purchase of Foundation items in store. You can be confident the money is being used in the best possible way.”

Rebecca Harding also joined the Cotton On Foundation team in New York to help raise awareness of the UN Foundation partnership and the work it does to help break down the barriers that girls face to access a quality education.

“There’s 61 million primary school-aged kids not in school and more than half of them are girls. I see an education as a vital ingredient in creating your own path, and to see what an amazing role The Cotton On Foundation and Girl Up are playing in providing that for kids, and in-particular girls in Uganda, it’s extremely inspiring.” Rebecca said.

Tim Diamond, Cotton On Foundation General Manager said, “The Cotton On Foundation is thrilled to be taking the story about our work and mission to the world through the Social Good Summit. Our partnership with UN Foundation Initiative Girl Up allows us to further build on the work we are doing to break down the barriers that girls face in accessing quality education.”