Stacey Dooley's BBC Three diary
Stacey Dooley writes:
I very first became involved with BBC Three when I answered an advert for a new series called Blood Sweat and T-Shirts. The advert was very brief and simply asked the questions "Do you love fashion? Do you love travel? ..."
I spent most of my time travelling and shopping - often at the same time - so I honestly couldn't think of anything more perfect!
I was lucky enough to visit India, to experience and witness how our high street fashion garments were produced. What I went on to discover really did blow me away.
I came across dirty, cramped sweatshops where tiny young lads were being forced to work for ridiculous hours...for little or no money. If a stitch was missed or a mistake was made, there was every chance he would be beaten as punishment. They were hungry and tired.
Returning to the UK, I decided to let everyone know just what I thought about it all!
I went on to appear on news and radio stations, backed organisations and charities that I felt were in the know, and raised money to help rehabilitate these kids.
Last year I made two documentaries, Kids For Sale in Nepal and Kids With Machetes in the Ivory Coast, highlighting just how many of our kids around the world are affected by child labour. It's literally millions.
I've just returned from my latest trip...I can't reveal many details just yet but it involved a bullet-proof vest and a hostile environment course! Gulp. Very scary, but very worthwhile. I'll tell you more about that when I can.
Earlier this week I was asked to take part in a trail to be shown on air during BBC Three's upcoming Adult Season. Look out for that on BBC Three very soon! I was made up to be included, as I really do believe BBC Three is brilliant in touching real, current and massively important issues that affect us all in one way or another. Some of the documentaries they're doing in particular are so informative without being too square or boring. Fabulous!
On Monday I am in London at the 2morro Festival on the South Bank and I'm going to be speaking! (Maybe nervously muttering! I'm not massive on public speaking...eeek!) I'll be there along with some really amazing young people. It's all about young people going that step further and doing their thing to make a difference. I've read a little about the others who are going to be there and they all sound very inspiring! Tickets are free and there are still a few left so if you are 16-24 and you want to come along and be inspired by some ideas for change you can find out more at the 2morro Festival website.
Wish me luck for the conference...and I will try my best not to trip up, or down, the stairs on the way to the stage! x
Stacey Dooley presents Stacey Dooley Investigates on BBC Three.
Stacey will be speaking at the 2morro Festival this Monday 12th July at the BFI at London's South Bank.