Merriwa Fundraiser for Girl Guides Jamboree trip

Girl Guides Tammy Smith, Brynn Hill, Rachel Anderson and Santene Koellner  hope to go to Queensland for the 2015 Jamboree.
Girl Guides Tammy Smith, Brynn Hill, Rachel Anderson and Santene Koellner hope to go to Queensland for the 2015 Jamboree.

GIRL Guides are calling for people to sign up for a first aid course in Merriwa this month to help them fundraise for a Queensland trip.

Quinns Rocks Girl Guides leader Renee Koellner said five members – Tammy Smith (13, of Butler), Brynn Hill (9, of Quinns Rocks), Rachel Anderson (13, of Mindarie) and her sister Gemma (10), and Santene Koellner (12, of Clarkson) – hope to travel to the national Jamboree in September.

The seven-day camp with about 1000 other guides was potentially life-changing, and would build up the girls’ confidence.

“We have great programs and patrol leadership so guides use their inner confidence to challenge their own boundaries,” she said.

“Once they break through that perceived barrier the first time, the challenges can get bigger and personal confidence builds. At Jamboree, girls are in a fun, exciting yet safe and supported environment where challenges, boundary pushing and personal growth happen for the full seven days.

“For some guides they may never have travelled interstate without their families but here they are getting on a plane with a group of guides they have only met two or three times, heading to Jamboree where they are relying on our Patrol Systems, Guiding support but ultimately their own capacity to participate and do for themselves.”

Confident First Aid Training’s Nicole Grame will help the group fundraise by hosting senior first aid courses in this month, with part proceeds going towards the guides’ trip.

“We are excited to not only be helping the Girl Guides get to Queensland for this important experience, it’s also another opportunity for us to improve the first aid skills of the community,” she said.

Mrs Koellner said they had about 40 guides in the group, with a long waitlist, and some came from low income families. “Girl Guides offers an affordable program for these and other families that teach girls essential life and self-esteem building skills, at a very low cost for the term compared to other activities,” she said.

“We have over 100 girls on a waitlist and are desperately short of leaders who have a few hours to help.”