Moore Markhams, a national network of accounting and advisory firms, have confirmed a generous donation of $2,000 to support the work of GirlGuiding New Zealand. The money will be used to support volunteer training, empowering several volunteers with the skills they need to give girls a great Guiding experience. And it’s not just the girls who benefit – the volunteers are passionate about Guiding and tell us that what they do is hugely rewarding, building their confidence and transferable skills too. So, investment in training is great for Guiding as a whole.
Moore Markhams donation will enable:
- 10 volunteer Leaders to each attend a day of standard training to equip them with the key skills to lead and run a GirlGuiding unit.
- 10 volunteer Leaders to attend Overnight Camp Qualification training. It will give approximately 150 girls outdoor camping experiences within a year.
- 4 volunteer Leaders to attend Bronze Medallion Lifesaving training allowing regions to provide safe water activities to be run with the girls. This will enable more girls to experience the water.
- 4 volunteer Leaders to complete Bush Leader Qualification training. These volunteers will then be ready to lead more advanced outdoor experiences throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, for girls in their unit and beyond.
The donation has been announced today, 22 February 2022, to celebrate World Thinking Day which is an annual celebration of sisterhood for Guides and Girl Scouts, giving girls the chance to about the big issues affecting them and their global community. This year’s theme is ‘Our World, our equal future’, which helps girls understand the disproportionate affected of environmental issues on women and girls and explore how they advocate for a better world.
For Moore Markhams Auckland director, Jessica Gilmour, the sponsorship has special meaning. Jessica has been involved in Guiding since she was seven years old, and for the past 20 years has been an adult volunteer with GirlGuiding New Zealand. She is also a member of the GirlGuiding New Zealand National Board and chairs its Audit and Finance Committee.
To mark the occasion, Jessica was a leader at a Camp Skills day at Fairdene Reserve in Henderson. Eleven Guides, aged 11-12 years from Blockhouse Bay and Otahuhu, learned a range of camping skills, and were assessed on leading a patrol to pitch and take down a tent. They also covered camping essentials, including storm lashing a tent to cope with windy weather, how to do tent repairs, proper rubbish disposal, and using gas cookers safely.
Jessica said; “I’ve definitely benefited from the leadership skills and opportunities that guiding has provided me. I know these skills help me daily in my work at Moore Markhams.”
We’re grateful to Moore Markhams for this money and the opportunity it gives us to invest in girls and volunteers. You can find out more about Moore Markhams here. If you’re interested in volunteering for GirlGuiding New Zealand, watch some of our volunteers sharing their experience.