A group of St Columba College students braved rain and winds for a 19-hour walk in this year’s Gawler Relay for Life at Princes Park.
Year 9 students Chloe Burger, Erin Marley, Emily Sutton and Year 12 students Jazmin Brooks and Leah Marley are members of Girl Guides SA - Elizabeth Park Soarers and have been participating in Relay for Life for the past five years. As Guides, community events like Relay for Life demonstrates the organisation’s ongoing commitment to supporting the community and reinforces their strong community spirit.
The girls were part of a 15 person team helping raise vital funds for the Cancer Council to fight against cancer, for cancer research, along with support programs and accommodation at Cancer Council’s lodge in Greenhill. The event kicked off at 2pm on Saturday, 8 April with the first lap walked by survivors and carers, a candlelit ceremony at dusk and a breakfast in the morning.
This year, the girls themed their team as ‘Gamer Girl Guides’ and came dressed as a character from Nintendo’s Super Mario video game. Year 12 student Leah Marley said each year they would choose a theme that was fun and still showedthey were Girl Guides as an opportunity to promote the organisation and its unwavering community support.
“Our official team name is ‘Girl Guides SA’ be we like to have a theme each year,” she said.
“In the past we have been ‘Zombie Guides’, ‘Cirque de Girl Guides’ and ‘Guides through Fantasy’. We just have fun and mix it up every year.”
The girls used a Wii remote as their official baton and designed a Rubik’s cube mailbox for donations. Numerous hours of planning and constructing went into preparations for the event, with the girls demonstrating great enthusiasm in creativity and through strong collaboration.
“We even created giant Tetris blocks to stack up around our tent and we painted our banner with gaming designs,” Leah said.
The girls were one of 22 teams of walkers that participated in the event. Over $35,000 was raised in total for the entire Gawler relay.
Year 12 student Jazmin Brooks said the Girl Guides were in charge of raising their own money for this year’s event.
“Participants were sponsored by their friends and family to walk in the event. Money raised through the team stalls and candle bag purchases also went directly to the cause,” she said.
“We love to do anything for the community and not only does this get the word out about Girl Guides but it also helps raise money to search for a cure,” Leah said.
“Cancer hits the lives of so many people. We want to do anything we can to help.”
Congratulations to the girls for supporting the Cancer Council event. The College recognizes your humility and is proud of your ongoing dedication to supporting the community as Girl Guides.
If you would like to become a Girl Guide visit the website at www.girlguidessa.org.au Membership of Girl Guides South Australia is open to girls from 5 to 17 years of age, and women 18 years and over. You will have the opportunities to develop new skills, try exciting activities, gain confidence, make new friends, acquire a greater respect for the environment and experience a sense of community.
Mrs Amanda Fryer Communications Officer