Edmonton Scouting Group has won the draw for a $1000 donation from The Trusts.
Members of the community nominated their favourite local charity, sports club or school to enter the draw at Henderson Heroes. Community heroes and first responders gave demonstrations and displayed emergency vehicles during the event on 29 September at WestCity’s Oratia carpark.
The Trusts donated 200 free first aid kits as well as offering the opportunity to give your community a boost. At the end of the day, a draw was held for the winning organisation in The West.
Edmonton Scouting Group was entered in the draw by Ranui resident Angela Whyte, a scout helper, camp cook, and wife of the Group Scout Leader. Angela is grateful to The Trusts for backing her favourite club. “It makes a difference to the youth involved and our community,” she says. “This means our local scouts’ group can get some of the resources they need for more adventures.”
Her children have been involved in scouting in the United Kingdom, Massey Kereu, and now Edmonton Scouts. “They love the adventures from hiking, camping, kayaking, fishing, community planting days, river clean environmental day, flying school, caving camps and jamborees,” she says. “I love that my kids are out and about exploring and helping locally and nationally.”
Group Leader Ian Whyte says he was genuinely surprised and very appreciative of winning the donation from The Trusts. "It's always an honour to receive support for our group," he says. The funds will help upgrade camping equipment for the scouts' forthcoming camp, he says.
Edmonton Scouting Group was last year granted $5,000 from the Your West Support Fund. This meant the club could buy new chilly bins, ropes and camping gear. The group has also stocked up on new sports equipment to keep the kids active. The Keas- scouts aged five to eight- have netted a wide selection of new arts and crafts.
A 10 km hike along the Mangawhai coastline proved to be much easier, with the reward of an ice-cold drink at the end. The new ropes came in handy when tamariki constructed their own rope bridge to cross a stream.
You’ll find Edmonton Scouting Group at 10c Coletta Lane, Te Atatu South.