A Guid­ing hand

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

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.

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