Sixty years of Girl Guide treats in In­ver­cargill

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - REBECCA MOORE

Young In­ver­cargill girls are learn­ing new skills while hav­ing fun with their peers as they hit the streets to sell Girl Guide bis­cuits this year.

The pop­u­lar bis­cuits are up for grabs in the city for the 60th year, and more than 1000 car­tons are ex­pected to be sold -- on par with pre­vi­ous years.

Girl Guid­ing New Zealand In­ver­cargill bis­cuit cham­pion Rachael Hew­ton said in South­land, about 200 Pip­pins, Brown­ies and Girl Guides would be sell­ing the treats.

The girls and vol­un­teers would be meet­ing a high de­mand by sell­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the 220 tonnes of bis­cuits through­out the coun­try.

But as well as hav­ing fun, the girls learn skills in maths by man­ag­ing change, learn­ing about the mar­ket­ing side of sales and also con­fi­dence by ap­proach­ing peo­ple and talk­ing.

Bis­cuit sales were also im­por­tant for the girls to get out in the com­mu­nity and raise aware­ness on what Guid­ing was all about, Hew­ton said.

The ef­fort put in by bis­cuit fundrais­ing would lead to wel­com­ing more girls and their fam­i­lies into the Guid­ing move­ment.

‘‘The avail­abil­ity of our fa­mous bis­cuits are hotly an­tic­i­pated and pro­ceeds from their sale ac­counts for a third of our na­tional an­nual in­come, which goes to­wards giv­ing girls con­fi­dence and lead­er­ship skills while mak­ing friends and life­long mem­o­ries.’’

Peo­ple loved the op­por­tu­nity to buy them ev­ery year, and num­bers re­mained steady.

South­land def­i­nitely stood tall com­pared to the rest of the coun­try with their sales, es­pe­cially with farm­ers in the re­gion favour­ing them.

‘‘Do you dunk them, spread them with but­ter, or per­haps you like to bake with them into a choco­late fudge or as a cheese­cake base?’’

For the first year, a Pop Up store at 63 Esk St, In­ver­cargill will sell the bis­cuits from Septem­ber 12 to Septem­ber 24, or while stocks last.

The store was highly re­quested by the pub­lic, so this year the store would be the main area for peo­ple in In­ver­cargill to buy theirs, Hew­ton said.

It will be open 10am-4pm Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Satur­day, 10am-4.30pm Thurs­day and Fri­day, and 10am3pm Sun­day. They are now also avail­able to cus­tomers on­line.


Emilia Brown, 10, Ly­dia Blom­field, 12, and Ava Wairau, 9, of the Waikiwi Guide unit, en­joy some Girl Guide bis­cuits.

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