Friday, 29 October 2010

Are you a Guiding unit? Do you use easyfundraising?

Because if you don't, you really are missing out on free money, ignore this if you don't help at a UK charity but do read it if you do!

My Brownies have been given just over £500 over four years and seeing that amount on our total made me want to make sure all the leaders from other units that read this blog are signed up too. I know I sound all salesy, but seriously, £125 a year is a boon for the unit.

By using the links on the easyfundraising site to visit online shops, a percentage of whatever your supporters spend with each retailer goes to you as a donation. So, when a supporter spends £100 with M&S online, they’ll raise £2.50 for you without it costing them any more than if they had gone directly to the site. Some donations can be as much as 15% of the purchase price. Purchasing with insurers like Direct Line, Churchill, More Than and Aviva will generate a one-off donation, I switched our house insurance a couple of years ago and earned £50 for our Brownies, but that is the single big amount we've had, mostly it is 20p here, 75p there but it all adds up.

It’s much cheaper for retailers to sell goods online than in the high street so they’re happy to pass part of the extra profit to your organisation as a donation.

Use this link to sign up for free. When you sign up via this link my Brownies will receive a thank you from easyfundraising for referring you. Don’t worry, this won’t affect the amount you raise and when you’ve signed up, you can introduce new groups and benefit in the same way.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Save the planet...

350 pounds of carbon were just offset in my name.

What am I talking about? Have a look on the left hand side of my blog and all will become clear...

Friday, 22 October 2010

Officially 100 - time to move forward!

The nationwide end to the Girlguiding Centenary year was Wednesday night - and we had a blast!

Across the UK, members of Girlguiding got together and made or renewed their promises at 8:10pm - more than 500,000 of us in one go.

We went to a division-organised event and the ladies that put the night together really did us proud.

The girls took part in (chaotic) Scottish Country Dancing, then there were drinks and little buns - two of our Guiders took it upon themselves to make sure the Trefoil Guild members were supplied with tea and coffee, usually the Trefoil Guild are seen manning the tea urns at events so that was a lovely gesture. Trefoil Guild is open to anyone over 18 who wants to stay connected with Guiding, generally it's retired Guiders etc, and that was certainly the case with those there on Wednesday.

Then the Vision CD was played, every event had a copy and was told what time to start it, it was 10 minutes of uplifting photos and videos of events that have taken place over the Centenary Year, with a countdown every minute: 9 minutes to go, 8 minutes to go etc. By the time we got to five minutes to go, every girl in the place was yelling it out! It ended with the Chief Guide leading the promise, followed by the Rainbow promise as this is slightly different from the rest of the organisation.

We had 5 new Brownies make their promise as well as 15 who renewed it (out of our unit of 24 we had one who didn't sign up to come, one who didn't turn up with no contact to us, and two who were ill and were able to make their promise in front of the Community Channel at home instead as the same video was broadcast on there.) so we spent the next few minutes pinning on the beautiful 20:10, 20/10, 2010 promise badge that only people who renewed their promise at 8:10pm should get.

Then we made it outside and were able to see 100 Chinese Lanterns being sent off into the sky (wholly biodegradable ones, I checked). It was a beautiful sight seeing them drift off across the valley. And that was it: back in for a quick wrap up of the night then exhausted girls off home to parents.

I was so impressed with the organisation, yes there was chaos, and queues, and milling about, but there were hundreds of people there, that's going to happen! And the organisers had thought of so many things, like there being 2 screens to see the video so that no matter where you were, you weren't "at the back" and unable to see.

Our girls really enjoyed themselves and it was a lovely way to wrap up the centenary year. Half term for us next week, and just 5 more meetings after that in 2010.

That's my daughter holding her hand up to block the camera by the way! Other 20:10 posts include:
Here's to the next 100 years!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Wednesday's the big night!

The centenary year of Girlguiding UK ends on Wednesday night, with a big celebration across the UK. Hundreds of thousands of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Leaders, other adult members and Trefoil Guild will be making or renewing their promise at ten past eight.

Why then?

It's 20:10, 20/10, 2010 - a memorable moment for us all.

What have my girls done since the centenary year began on September 5, 2009 (100 years since girls first asked Baden Powell for Scouts for girls)? Well...
  • Attended the launch party
  • Made suncatchers, dreamcatchers, puppets and other crafts
  • Learned First Aid including helping people having an asthma attack
  • Helped the following charities: Marie Curie, Send a Smile, Heart Research UK
  • Attended Remembrance Sunday
  • Pretended they were Doctor Who
  • Broadcast on the local radio station
  • Learned about World Guiding
  • Visited a fire station, a vets surgery and an observatory
  • Holidayed in London: London Eye, Centenary Maze, Platform 9 3/4, Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (inside the gates), 10 Downing Street
  • Learned to dance and climbed all over an outdoor playground
  • Played games in the dark and jumping games outdoors, and had an Olympic Games with medals
  • Made their own ice cream sundaes and dark desserts
  • Learned about Germany and Scotland
  • Attended One World One Beat with thousands of other Guiding members
  • Met unusual animals and ridden horses
  • Learned about endangered species, and water
  • Planted daffodils
  • Went to the pantomime
  • Rehearsed and performed a show
  • Joined in a giant 100 and made 100 out of all kinds of materials
  • Made racing paper boats
  • Camped in pouring rain with the rest of the division's Guides
  • Took over an airport
  • Went to two campfires
  • Joined a wedding Guard of Honour
  • Celebrated Rosh Hashana
What a year it's been!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

Sneakily, since the Blog Action Day topic is water, I'm reposting a post from May!
It cost all of £6, but tonight, as part of Adventure 100, we did water-tasting!
I was kind of surprised it went as well as it did.
But the girls really seemed to enjoy it!
They tried six different waters (you can see them all here); some fizzy, some not, some flavoured, some not.
They each picked a favourite and in each case, tried to guess the flavouring (or not) and the country of origin.

The waters I chose were from Wales, Scotland, England and France. The girls guessed the Caribbean, Africa, Canada and more! We had a wee talk about how much Africa needs water and how very wrong it would be to take their water!
We also talked about pumps (some of these waters involved fundraising for pumps in Africa) and how we can save water - and how we can't: as 90% of our girls live in houses under 10 years old, we already have low flush toilets so can't add water-saving devices, for example, as they use so little water already.
A success, and all for £5.42.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Scrapbooking our meetings

I started a scrapbook for the unit last September, I've posted about it before.

The plan was to have at least one page for every meeting, event and sleepover during the centenary year - and I've actually done it!

Now, since it was planned to run
from September 2009 to theCentenary end on 20th October this
year, I have just two more pages to add! This week's meeting and the Centenary end party.

Then I shall tie up the ribbons neatly and have a great reminder of a fantastic 14 months. While I think I will do more scrapbooking, I won't be producing a page per meeting again!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Blog Action Day 2010

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