Girl Guides reach fundraising goals

Sarah Ladik/NNSL photo Members of Hay River's Girl Guide troupe accept a cheque from Super A last Thursday to contribute towards their trips to the Yukon and Manitoba this summer. From left, back row: Hannah Courtoreille, Jennifer Coleman, Erin Griffiths, Nicole Griffiths, Tracy and John Hill, Hailey Pike, Sarah Buth and Lisa Smith. Front row: Ryann Hendrickson, Rochelle Smith, Mia Steinwand, Victoria Tweedie-Pitre, Seikiah Pellisey, and Annika Pellisey.

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Members of Hay River’s Girl Guide troupe accept a cheque from Super A last Thursday to contribute towards their trips to the Yukon and Manitoba this summer. From left, back row: Hannah Courtoreille, Jennifer Coleman, Erin Griffiths, Nicole Griffiths, Tracy and John Hill, Hailey Pike, Sarah Buth and Lisa Smith. Front row: Ryann Hendrickson, Rochelle Smith, Mia Steinwand, Victoria Tweedie-Pitre, Seikiah Pellisey, and Annika Pellisey.

To cap off an extremely successful fundraising campaign, the local Girl Guides have raised $13,000 through a fundraising campaign at Super A, which a store representative calls a new record.

“It’s been amazing to see the support from the community,” said Erin Griffiths, who will be travelling to Whitehorse with eight girls in Pathfinders this week for a camp there. “We’ve been planning since December, and we had to raise $32,000 for the two camps and we’ve surpassed that goal.”

While the Pathfinders — a category which appeals to ages 12 to 14 — will be in Whitehorse this week, the eight guides — aged nine to 11 — and a chaperone will be headed to Manitoba for a 10-day camp in August. Both are adventure camps. The guides will be learning the basics of outdoor camping, including cooking, but will have the opportunity to go horseback riding, paddling and swimming too. Activities for the Pathfinders include scuba diving, rock climbing and other physical pursuits.

“Horseback riding, that’s what I’m focused on,” said Sarah Buth, a guide heading to camp later this summer.

For some, this will be their very first camp with the organization, but while more experienced girls have been to regional camps, one that brings girls together from across Canada will be a new treat.

“I’m most looking forward to meeting new people,” said Hailey Pike, who will be heading to a Girl Guide camp for the first time.

Griffiths said several organizations in town have been critical to raising the funds necessary to make the two trips, including Home Building Centre, the Elks and the Lions Club. The Super A roundup contributed a significant amount, as it has to other causes in the past, though never before this much.

“This is the biggest round-up yet,” said co-owner of the store Tracy Hill. “They just keep getting bigger and bigger!”

While the roundup itself, in which customers are asked if they would like to round their purchase up to the nearest dollar, raised about $6,000, co-owner John Hill said the rest was from the donation of the proceeds of coffee sales from the convenience store side.

“Tracy (Hill’s wife) was a Girl Guide, so there’s sentimental reasons for why we wanted to help,” he said. “The cashiers really got on board with all of it. They’re the ones doing most of the work for this.”

In the past, roundups at Super A have raised money for causes like sending athletes to the Canada Winter Games. Tracy said they expect to continue the initiative once again in a few months. They generally do about four or five in a year.

“How do you say no to the Girl Guides?” she said. “It’s all for the local youth.”

–Sarah Ladik