Mansfield Courier

CAMP FOR OUR GIRL GUIDES

- By EMMA OLIVER

RECENT fundraisin­g efforts on behalf of the 1st Mansfield Girl Guides have ensured the girls will be able to attend the eagerly anticipate­d annual guiding event, Camp Together, which is scheduled for the September school holidays.

An opportunit­y for all Girl Guides in Victoria to come together and celebrate with a camp and award ceremony, the event is held at the Britannia Park Guide Campsite, in the beautiful surrounds of Wesburn between Yarra Junction and Warburton.

And after the challengin­g year and a half that it has been, the camp is a much needed reprieve for the girls to get out and enjoy nature and embrace a number of outdoor and STEM activities, along with the requisite campfires and joys of outdoor cooking.

“Girl Guides is a fantastic platform for young girls to develop many skills like independen­ce, friendship, confidence and leadership,” said Narelle Rademaker who has two of her daughters that attend Guides, and has been one of the driving forces behind recent fundraisin­g efforts.

“And a big part of this journey is about being in nature, going on adventures and camps.”

With the Guides relying on fundraisin­g activities to attend the camp, lockdowns and the cancellati­on of large events have meant that sources of fundraisin­g revenue like the Merrijig Rodeo have not gone ahead, and the girls have been left with a shortfall.

And even selling that good old staple - the Girl Guide Cookie - was off the cards, with traditiona­l door-todoor sales not allowed due to the pandemic.

So with all this in mind, organisers of the Highline Mountain Bike Festival invited the Girl Guides to manage

the raffle at their event in March, donating all sponsor prizes to the girls to raffle off over the weekend.

The prize pool was valued at over $1000, and all the Guides worked hard selling raffle tickets with the group generating a staggering $1330.55 for their endeavours,

which all went into the kitty to cover the $6000 cost of the camp.

“I think there were a lot of relieved parents that it wasn’t a sausage sizzle,” Narelle said with a laugh.

The Mansfield Shire Council was the next to come to the party, approving a grant of $1000 to the Guides so that they could attend Camp Together.

Supported by the Mansfield Shire Council and the Victorian State Government’s Community Recovery and Resilience Funding, the money was hugely appreciate­d adding to the unit’s coffers.

And with the recent timely announceme­nt by the Community Bank - Mansfield and District to generously cover the shortfall, the Guides can now get excited that they will be able to attend this annual Guiding event.

The Girl Guides were successful in their sponsorshi­p applicatio­n with the bank awarding the unit $3669, and with registrati­on for Camp Together closing at the end of August, the relief and joy were palpable as the girls learnt they were guaranteed a spot at the camp.

“In order to strengthen the Guides’ weekly program and provide the girls with wonderful opportunit­ies to extend themselves, events like Camp Together are integral to their developmen­t,” said Narelle.

“We’re all just elated that this year we have the opportunit­y to attend the event, and so very thankful to all those who bought raffle tickets, to the council and the Community Bank who have made it a reality.”

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 ??  ?? ALTOGETHER: Display of celebratio­n after the 1st Mansfield Girl Guides were presented with their cheque for selling raffle tickets, the first of three successful fundraisin­g efforts.
ALTOGETHER: Display of celebratio­n after the 1st Mansfield Girl Guides were presented with their cheque for selling raffle tickets, the first of three successful fundraisin­g efforts.

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