A Guiding hand
March means one thing for the Bertasius family – freshly baked Girl Guide biscuits.
Roma Bertasius, her mother Pat, sister Dawn, daughter Charlotte and niece Holly Purkis are getting ready to sell as many packets as they can this month.
And they hope to gather an army of fellow sellers for the annual fundraiser.
“This year we’re hoping to encourage former Guides like ourselves to help sell biscuits, just to do a little bit for the next lot of Brownies coming through and to keep the movement alive,” says Roma.
All the Bertasius women have been involved with the Guiding movement, and the family has sold the biscuits for 40 years.
Pat’s mother was a Girl Guide in England and Pat also joined as a youngster.
Roma and Dawn joined Brownies after the family moved to New Zealand in 1967 and Pat got involved again as a Guide and camp leader for 12 years.
“It was very good. We made a lot of friends. When you come to a new country, it’s one way to meet people,” says Pat.
Charlotte and Holly are the family’s fourth generation to wear the sash and badges, with Charlotte attending Brownies in Pt Chevalier and Holly going to Guides in Remuera.
They will be hitting the streets around their Pt Chevalier home, going door to door and selling outside shopping centres.
Holly and Charlotte look forward to biscuit season each year.
“They are delicious. People buy them and keep them for ages,” says Holly.
The fundraiser provides 40 percent of the movement’s money for the year and the cash goes back into the communities where the biscuits are sold.
They will be on sale until March 14 and cost $3 for plain, chocolate or mini biscuits.
Those interested in selling or buying biscuits can go to www.girlguide army.co.nz or phone 0508-461-461.
Family affair: The Bertasius family get ready to sell Girl Guide biscuits. From left: Charlotte Bertasius, Holly Purkis, Pat Bertasius, Roma Bertasius and Dawn Bertasius.