Thinking time for girl guides

CAMBRIDGE Gardens Girl Guides raised $237 for universal primary education for World Thinking Day, which took place last month.

Guides’ leaders raised the money at a special visit to St Marys South Public School the day before.

World Thinking Day is an annual event for girl guides and scouts around the world.

‘‘Each child brings one primary unit of their local currency, in our case, a $1 coin, to donate to the day’s fund, which helps girl guides and scouts in countries less well-off than our own,’’ a Cambridge Gardens Girl Guides’ leader, Elizabeth Elwell-Cook, said.

‘‘It also goes to a focus each year; universal primary education was this year’s theme.’’

Mrs Elwell-Cook and five other guides’ leaders visited St Marys school to raise awareness of the issue and discuss what the guides and scouts do.

Some pupils wore their guides or scouts uniforms and others paid $1 to wear mufti for the day.

‘‘Guides and scouts are a fun and affordable weekly activity for children aged five to 18 and a great way for adults to gain leadership skills and qualifications,’’ Mrs Elwell-Cook said.

‘‘Children learn their own leadership skills; the program is largely set by the interests of the girls in each unit.’’

Details: Guide House NSW at girlguides-nswact.org.au or 1300 447 548.

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