The group celebrated its 50th anniversary in Maleny last year and at the same time, President of the local Guides Support Group, Leanne Large also notched up 50 years in the movement.
“I became a Brownie in 1962 and have been involved ever since. My family has also played a part with my daughter Marilyn now a leader in Maleny.”
The support group raises funds to keep the unit going and Leanne can often be seen sitting at the front of Maleny Supa IGA selling raffle tickets.
“We need $4,000 a year just to keep the hut going” she said. “We’ve been fortunate to have the support of many Maleny groups including Apex who last year donated $10,000 which bought kayaks and equipment – enough for 13 guides. Rotary has also ‘adopted’ us and provide valuable assistance.”
Council grants help buy equipment and Maleny IGA’s Community Benefits Club contributes to day to day purchases. “We use our CBC funding whenever we need something like food for camps or cooking. That way the money goes back into IGA which is great.”
Guides is open to girls ages 8 to 12, with older girls from 12 to 18 becoming Rangers. The group provides values-based training in life skills, decision-making and leadership. Through Guides, girls and women have fantastic opportunities to develop new skills, try cool activities, gain confidence, to think and act for themselves, make new friends, acquire a greater respect for the environment and experience a sense of community whilst having fun.
The groups meets every Monday from 3.30 to 5.30 and is keen for more members.To find out more phone Leanne on 0447 239 725 or pop into Maleny Hot Bread and have a chat with Rebecca.To contribute to Maleny Guides through Maleny IGA CBC, register for your own CBC number and specify Maleny Girl Guides as your beneficiary.
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