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Seemingly sane Guiding people took the plunge into spa pools filled with ice cold water for five minutes in the name of fundraising.
Manawatu Region once again supported this event on May 19 with two teams participating in the challenge with the first plunge taking place at 11am.
They also did some other fun activities to help raise money. Awapuni Brownies baked biscuits to sell, Awapuni Rangers did some face painting and Milson District held an ice sponge throw and a slime treasure hunt.
The inspiration behind @ Heart: every year 450 children undergo heart surgery in NZ. During the surgery a child’s chest can be filled with an icy slush to further slow their body’s need for oxygen, giving the surgeon a longer window of operating time.
This event is part of Girl Guide Action Month and everyone who attended had heaps of fun.
Milson Guides District Co-ordinator and Pippin Leader
Lower North Zone
Hokowhitu Rangers chose Self Sufficiency as their Term 2 interest certificate - a great follow-on from the Term One focus on poverty in the Global Action Theme.
The timing coincided with the opening of duck shooting season so the first night back was… plucking, gutting and trussing a wild duck. With a few tips from an experienced duck shooter we made short work of the feathers while gutting generated lots of questions that would excite any biology teacher.
The following week we used alternative ‘stoves’ to prepare our wild food. The menu featured orange wild duck served on a bed of rice and topped with parsley, herbed rabbit, braised rabbit/hare sausages followed by spotty pudding. It looked and tasted so good that it disappeared before our leader could take a photo.
Rangers are all about new opportunities and this was a wild one we’ll always remember.
Hokowhitu Ranger Unit, Lower North Zone
This year the Hokowhitu Rangers put their own spin on the Marketing Certificate and sought to grow their Ranger Unit.
After firstly identifying their target market, the type of girls who would be interested in and enjoy Rangering, they went on the brainstorm where they could find those girls and how they could make contact with them.
This saw them mount a multifaceted marketing campaign. Raising their profile and getting out in their local community; chatting to their peers and inviting them along; forging stronger links with the Guide Unit where they ran a hugely successful night’s programme and setting up a display in the Palmerston North City Library promoting both the Hokowhitu Ranger Unit and Guiding.
Hokowhitu Ranger Leader, Lower North Zone
Girls in the Ashhurst community are once again thriving with the support of the Girl Guides behind them.
Closed in 2008 due to a lack of interest and support from volunteers in the community, Guiding in Ashhurst was reinstated after a grant was received from the Meridian Te Apiti Community Fund.
Interested in supporting the club but wanting to ensure its long-term viability, Meridian set a challenge to GirlGuiding Manawatu to attract 12 new members.
The club took up the challenge and in May 2011 received a $1200 grant from Meridian.
Two years on, the club now has 24 members and its popularity continues to rise.
Kathy O’Neill, District Co-ordinator of Rangiora District, Manawatu says the interest in Guides from the Ashhurst community has been great to see and is a testament to the community’s spirit.
“Guiding offers young women the opportunity to do something different and learn new skills outside of the traditional school environment. We hope to help Ashhurst girls with their self esteem, confidence, leadership skills and of course make sure they have a great time doing it,” says Kathy.
“Projects like this are at the heart of Meridian’s Community Funds” says Hamish Scott, chair of Meridian’s Te Apiti Community Fund panel. “They play a vital role in smaller communities like Ashhurst, and Meridian is proud to support initiatives that help sustain these townships” says Hamish.
To find out more about the Meridian Te Apiti Community Fund visit www.meridian.co.nz/communityfunds
What has Manawatu been up to in 2013?
Why not tell us what you have been doing in your unit so far this year?
I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
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