Pair rang­ing fur­ther afield

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ALI BRADY

Mata­mata girls Kate As­ton, 16, and Alice Craig, 17, are two of four girls to be cho­sen to at­tend the In­ter­na­tional Scout and Guide Jam­boree in Lon­don.

The jam­boree will see more than 5000 scouts, rangers and girl guides from around the world come to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in a week-long camp.

Kate and Alice have al­ready done some fundrais­ing for the event but plan to do a lot more be­fore they leave in Au­gust next year.

‘‘We’ve done sausage siz­zles, we’re sell­ing choco­late and stuff, babysit­ting; we’re do­ing the christ­mas heir­loom thing where you go out and they show you how to do Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and stuff. We’re do­ing a sleep­over and movie night and maybe do­ing a disco,’’ Kate said.

So far the girls com­bined have raised about $1500 and need to raise $6500 each for the jam-

Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 3

: Called to a med­i­cal in Mata­mata. No am­bu­lance avail­able.

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5

: Called to a small veg­e­ta­tion fire in Wa­haroa.

: Called to a two-car col­li­sion in Kara­piro. No per­sons trapped. As­sisted with am­bu­lance and traf­fic con­trol. boree. Both have been at­tend­ing guides since they were 5 and say they’ll prob­a­bly be do­ing it for the rest of their lives.

‘‘I’m go­ing to be one of those peo­ple that are just lead­ers and I’m go­ing to be one of the old­est lead­ers ever, be­cause that’s just who I am,’’ Alice said.

The pair at­tend rangers ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Alice said al­though it sounds re­ally cheesy she loves it be­cause it’s ac­tu­ally re­ally fun.

‘‘And there’s so many op­por­tu­ni­ties. We’re go­ing to Eng­land and I have friends who have have gone to Canada and Aus­tralia and Ja­pan and ev­ery­where for guid­ing jam­borees and stuff,’’ she said.

Lon­don bound: Mata­mata Rangers Kate As­ton and Alice Craig are off to the In­ter­na­tional Scout and Guide Jam­boree next year.

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