Guides take on pink challenges
South Waikato Girl Guides held a fun day on Sunday, ranger Lisa Bentley wrote this report
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.
FUN DAY: Girl Guide Freya McEvoy has fun on the earth ball on Sunday.