Local businesses have come forward to assist Orewa Guides to get outdoors this summer, after their camping gear was stolen last month (HM November 20).
After seeing Hibiscus Matters’ story, outdoor company Kathmandu got in touch, with a generous offer to kit out the Guides so they can get back in the outdoors. The Warehouse in Silverdale also provided support. Unit team leader Clare Grimwood says they are grateful for the way the community rallied around the Guides.
She says the camping gear donated will enable the Guides to plan New Year camps, and Rangers to plan adventures while insurance is sorted out by head office.
“Without that, we would have had to borrow from other units, or Orewa Scouts, who have generously offered their equipment,” Clare says.“But as it’s the busiest time of year for camping, most equipment will be in use.”
She says Guides will fundraise in the New Year to cover the insurance excess of around $1000.
“As a charitable organisation, GirlGuiding NZ has a limited budget and funds spent in this area reduces what can be spent on things such as leader training and programme development,” she says.
“The Guides and Brownies were so upset at the loss of their gear they wanted to actively do something to help replace our stolen equipment, and came up with fundraising. At Guides, girls are encouraged to face challenges and learn from experiences.”