Scouts fundraise by beat­ing path to mail­boxes

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - ES­THER ASHBY-COVEN­TRY

Ti­maru scouts de­liv­ered enough Yel­low phone books to lo­cal res­i­dents to fund the bulk of the costs for their re­cent jam­boree.

The North­town Te Rangi Scouts group at­tended the 21st Scout Jam­boree in Marl­bor­ough, along with scouts from all over the coun­try, ear­lier this month. A jam­boree is a large gath­er­ing of scouts who par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­ven­tures. It is held ev­ery three years.

It took the scouts and their fam­i­lies two full days to com­plete the de­liv­er­ies, a spokesper­son said.

‘‘The scout groups de­liver the books at a set rate de­cided be­tween them and the Yel­low Pages. The money raised dif­fer­en­ti­ates from group to group, depend­ing on the num­ber of books,’’ the spokesper­son said.

North­town Te Rangi Scouts leader Fran­cie Spavin said the book fundraiser was one of the scouts’ favourites. ’’Get­ting the books out is not dif­fi­cult to do, and it cov­ers a huge chunk of our yearly fundrais­ing ef­forts.

‘‘Many peo­ple don’t re­alise all the lit­tle costs that add up while run­ning a scout group. We try to keep our fees as low as pos­si­ble, but we still have all our reg­u­lar bills like ev­ery­one else, such as power and wa­ter.‘‘

The group is the sec­ond-old­est scout group in New Zealand. It has been func­tion­ing for 107 years.

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