EMERALD Scouts celebrated Founders Day on February 22 by presenting a cheque to the local flood appeal that tipped the total donations over the $850,000 mark.
The $455.20 cheque was presented to Lorna Hicks from the Emerald Neighbourhood Centre and came from money raised through a scouts donation tin at their tea and damper stall at Pioneer Park on Australia Day.
“Every year we put a donation tin on the table at our tea and damper stall on Australia Day,” Emerald Scouts leader Lyn Stallard said.
“This year, and also in 2008, we decided the money should go to the local flood appeal for the people in need after the floods.”
Mrs Hicks described the community spirit in the aftermath as wonderful and overwhelming.
“The scouts have always been very supportive of the community and are always involved in community events,” she said.
“I’m very impressed with their contribution and cannot thank them enough.”
Mrs Stallard also put out the call for potential leaders in the wider Emerald community.
She said there were about 40 children enrolled with Emerald Scouts and the need for more leaders to guide them was growing.
“There are currently about seven leaders but with shiftwork and other commitments, it becomes difficult to get them down every time they are needed,” she said.
“So anyone out there who loves the outdoors and wants to help shape the lives of future leaders is welcome to come down and get involved. No experience is necessary as training is provided.”
Mrs Stallard said boys and girls aged six to 26 were welcome to join scouts to make friends while enjoying outdoor activities.
Founders Day is a significant date on the scouting calendar, which marks the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of scouts born in 1857.
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