It was quite a few decades ago, a memory still burning strong.
Days of innocence, teamwork, learning, growing. Bush walking, cooking, games, tolerance.
And where I met some of my closest girlfriends, forty odd years ago.
Brownies and Girl Guides at Curlewis.
Like my friendships have lasted the distance, so too has the Girl Guide movement.
Today they seek to
“To empower girls and young women to grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.”
In a time where there is a greater profile on gender diversity, equality in the workplace and the community the mission of the Girl Guides provides the life skills, confidence and resilience for our young women to be the leaders of tomorrow.
For example one of the programs (source:website) is Free Being Me. It is aimed to help girls understand how self-esteem and body image is effected by today’s society. A statistic that has really stood out for me is
“More than 60% of girls stop doing something they love because they feel bad about how they look.”
Yesterday I profiled Dolly’s Dream. Perhaps, just maybe if Free Being Me was a wider program we might have young girls such as Dolly with us today. Just maybe.
Day 22 of the Advent Calendar for Making a Difference highlights the Girl Guides of Australia. You may like to consider a donation, or as you start to set goals for 2019 perhaps volunteering or becoming involved in your local guides may be an option. Either way, you can make a difference. And we are prepared for the future.
“Twist me and turn me and show me the elf.
I look in the water and saw . ….myself ”
Images from Girl Guides website
FURTHER INFORMATION + LINKS
Website: https://www.girlguides.org.au/ , scroll down to donate
Free Being Me program – https://www.girlguides.org.au/programs/free-being-me/