Scouts fundraise by beating path to mailboxes
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.