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Monday, 22 June 2009
Page: 6802

Ms JACKSON (6:53 PM) —Girl Guides will be celebrating a century of guiding in Australia next year at a jamboree in Victoria. The venue has had to be moved as the original location was badly damaged in the Victorian bushfires. Quite a few girls from the Gosnells district in Hasluck will be flying to Melbourne for the event.

Last Saturday night, 20 June, about 60 girl guides from the Gosnells district held a sleepover to coincide with the world’s biggest sleepover function. They held their function to assist 20 girl guides who suffered during the Victorian bushfires. They held a function in February to help their Victorian sisters by assembling toiletry packs to send over, but this most recent function was to pack a dillybag or, to the uninitiated, camping equipment—essential items for a girl guide. Each girl brought items such as tea towels, packing plates, cups et cetera to assemble a dillybag to replace the camping equipment lost in the fires.

Guiding is a wonderful institution for girls and young women aged five and upwards. It is run by volunteers committed to instilling community values in these young lives. It is important to recognise these volunteers. Claire Veen’s Maddington unit is currently focusing on service to the community— (Time expired)