Guides re­turn from life-chang­ing jam­boree

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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.

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