Monthly Archives: September 2014

Aitkenvale 50th Anniversary

Velia Nicholls visited Townsville recently, and as part of her visit, attended Aitkenvale District’s 50th Anniversary. In her own words:

Saturday evening saw the 50 year celebrations of Aitkenvale as a District and the surprise presentation to Irene Burrows of her 50 years Leadership Award. Bravo Irene! The Region came together again to join in the celebrations. Generations of Guides sharing and reflecting together. Congratulations Aitkenvale. The evening program unfolded under the expert guidance of MC Marion MacGregor Burgess. There was singing and dancing (well movement) and we were treated to a parade of our uniform history. More fun, laughter and another Guide food festival finishing a great night with a magnificent campfire! The very talented Julie Adamson led us. Thank you many times over.

It was a time for State Standards, old uniforms and lots of memorabilia and memories!



Relay for Life – Wulguru Guides

The older guides were certainly kept busy this year, with forming their very own Relay for Life team. Reigan (17) took on the challenge in organising her fellow Girl Guide peers to form a team, help fundraise, show support and awareness for the Cancer Council. The team consisted of eleven girls: Reigan, Sam, Madeline, Karen, Alyson, Kaitlin, Emma, Karly, Amy, Grace (Kalkara), with Maria (Woornack).

The girls had a target to reach of a $1000 to fundraise. The girls set up an online donation page so their families and friends will be able to donate to the cause. As well as online donations, they also brought a Relay for Life box around to weekly guide meetings and organised a Bring and Buy in which all the profits going towards the Cancer Council. As well as all that, they also set up a stall at the Cotter’s Markets on Sunday 10th August selling freshly baked goods, handmade items, stationary packs, goodie bags, and a gift basket which will be raffled off at the end of August. The girls raised about $300 back to the Cancer Council and providing an opportunity to promote guiding in the community.


7am saw a hive of activity as they set up the stall at the Sunday Markets


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Ready for customers!







On the 23rd – 24th August at Tony Ireland Stadium, the girls set up a campsite and dressed up as Gypsies for the event, and did many laps over the 18 hour event. They brought their own dinner and snacks to keep them awake through the 18 hours.  Lewana, Callana and Narthathong all dropped in for a surprise visit and do a few laps with the girls. They managed to share a roster, particularly late at night so each of them can catch a bit of sleep, but they all had fun throughout the event.

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Carnival Theme

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Eating, playing cards and doing homework when not taking their turns around the track








The girls would like to say a big thank you to all their parents in supporting them and providing the equipment they needed and also donating, for the girls to reach their target; as they took on this project and a thank you to John Croft who was willing to say overnight at the track an adult supervisor along with Grace and Maria.




















Wulguru Guides at their Cotters Market Stall to fundraise for “Relay for Life,” They successfully raised $1000 for the Cancer Council and organised everything for their team to participate on the 23-24th August and to stay overnight to walk the 18 hours around the track. This was solely
the girl’s project to do and they did all the hard work themselves.

Big Brownie Bustle

On Sunday, 10 August 2014 from 9:30am to 2:30pm, over 60 Brownies and Gumnuts from the Flinders Region (Castle Hill, South Townsville, Aitkenvale, Wulguru, Kirwan, Ross and Charters Towers) gathered at the Townsville Heritage Centre in West End to celebrate 100 years of Brownies.  The event was named the “Big Brownie Bustle”.

Girls paid a $5 entry fee to participate in a 10 station round-robin event.  The stations were divided into the themes below, containing a varying number of challenges.  The girls had 15mins per station to complete as many of the challenges as they could.  Each girl was provided with a “playing card” that was marked off by Leaders supervising the area.

The day was a great success.  The girls seemed to enjoy the activities and there were lots of smiling faces and excited babble when they shared their experiences with their families that afternoon when leaving.

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Urban Adventure

Listening to the instructions

Listening to the instructions

5 Sept 2014 saw 55 Guides, Leaders and Parents compete against a handful of Scouts in the Urban Adventure – a scavenger hunt around the Jezzine Barracks. Run by the Totally Tropical Orienteering Club, 12 teams set off armed with a map and clue sheet. Apple dunking, Donut eating, bowls and ball throwing were challenges to also complete. The Scouts nicely bracketed the Guides, coming last and first, but the First and Second places were closely contested. Fun was had by all.