Guides take on pink chal­lenges

South Waikato Girl Guides held a fun day on Sun­day, ranger Lisa Bent­ley wrote this re­port

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Last Sun­day, the South Waikato Girl Guides made good use of the scat­tered rays of sun­shine for their Pink Fun Day in the Lich­field hall.

The girls rang­ing from five to 17 years were split into groups of six and went in a round robin to all the ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rangers, Guides, Brown­ies and Pip­pins alike, en­joyed mak­ing baked ba­nanas, play­ing on the earth ball, hav­ing sack races and walk­ing on grass skis among nu­mer­ous other fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­doors and out­doors.

Our sup­port lead­ers and lead­ers staffed the ac­tiv­i­ties while the girls, along with broth­ers, moth­ers and fa­thers, learnt and had fun.

The girls were taught what was sup­posed to be in their pocket at all times at one ta­ble, and used their team skills around the large parachute to keep the balls on for as long as they could.

We even had one of our lo­cal St John vol­un­teers, Jan, who is one of our sup­port lead­ers, come to talk to the girls about first aid.

All ac­tiv­i­ties saw guides clev­erly cross­ing off for ei­ther their Pink Star Chal­lenge, or their Wa­iariki Out­door Chal­lenge.

The Pink Star Chal­lenge was formed to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer among New Zealand Girl Guides, as it is our lead­ers, mums, sis­ters, and friends who are af­fected. Girl Guid­ing New Zealand de­cided to make a badge out of it.

As one of Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion’s biggest strug­gles is ac­cess­ing large amounts of women, this is where Girl Guid­ing NZ can help, be­ing the largest fe­male or­gan­i­sa­tion in New Zealand.

Three of the clauses crossed off for the Pink Star Chal­lenge were; bring a bra, at­tend a district pink event and wear some­thing pink.

All the bras will be col­lected to­gether, then sent to the Dar­gav­ille Guides, where they are at­tempt­ing to make the long­est bra chain, to break the Guin­ness World Record.

The Wa­iariki Out­door Chal­lenge was formed by our re­gion, which in­cludes South Waikato, Ro­torua, Re­poroa, Taupo and Lone Guides.

It en­cour­ages the girls to get out­side, which they did in be­tween the few show­ers.

The girls had plenty of fun, and par­ents and sib­lings sup­ported them.

At the end of our time to­gether, we gath­ered around the camp­fire, made of sticks and red cel­lo­phane as we had to be in­doors, to sing songs and farewell each other.

To do­nate any old un­wanted bras, please take them to col­lec­tion boxes at West­pac branches.

Photo: Girl Guide ranger Sam To­ma­lin

FUN DAY: Girl Guide Freya McEvoy has fun on the earth ball on Sun­day.

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