Guides return from life-changing jamboree
A mammoth fundraising effort from the Matamata community is what allowed 17 Matamata Girl Guides to experience their first and last Jamboree.
After fundraising for more than one year the group, including two parent helpers, had fundraised more than $20,000 to fully fund the six-day event in Canterbury.
‘‘We were able to pay for everything,’’ parent helper Lisa Rasing said, ‘‘and all the girls who wanted to go could.’’
The event, which draws in more than 1500 people from all over the country, is held every four years.
‘‘It was a lot of work [fundraising], but it was worth while in the end,’’ she said.
Rasing, whose two daughters attended, said it was all about exposing the girls to experiences they wouldn’t normally have access to.
The girls were split in to four groups and rotated around the eight different ‘‘blocks’’, rasing said. The inflatables block alone consisted of zorb balls, a bungee trampoline, segways and other activities, she said. ‘‘You’d be looking for a girl and all you could see was 300 hats the same colour.’’
She said it was a life changer for all 17 girls and they were so grateful for the support they received.