Girl guides mark Thinking Day at Westridge Gardens

Teddy Faith Klink, 5, contributes to the Thinking Day fund.

First Portland Girl Guides held their annual World Thinking Day service at Westridge Gardens on Sunday February 27.

February 22 marks the birthdays of Lord Baden Powell and his wife Lady Olive, the founders of the scouts and girl guides the largest global voluntary movement, which was started in 1926.

This international day of friendship brings boys, girls, men and women together to have fun, learn and share their burdens.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) include 10 million members, country member organisations, regions, districts and companies in local communities.

Members aged between four and seven, are called teddies; aged between 7 and 10 are called girl guides; aged between 18 and 25 are called rangers, adult leaders, non-uniform members form part of the Trefoil Guild and parents all came together to remember their fellow guiding sisters across the world.

Girl Guides Gianna Wentzel, from Lentegeur, Aisha Visser, from Beacon Valley, and Shiloh Stewart, from Bayview, read a poem entitled “I shall protect the forests“.

Adult leader and a founding member of the Mitchell’s Plain group Geraldine February, from Colorado Park, said the theme “Our World, Our Future” this year was focused on the environment.

Adult leaders Elaine van Schalkwyk and Edanna Schuller hold up the banner.

“Try to recycle, reuse and up-cycle where possible; anyone can help protect our wildlife; and that time spent among the trees is never time wasted.

“Respect and protect our trees and nature. When you can, plant trees. We need them,” she said.

The afternoon was spent with an array of activities, readings and poems speaking to ways in which people can save the earth.

The programme ended with members renewing their promise to do their best, to do their duty to God and to their country, to help other people and to adhere to laws.

The girl guides meet at 27 Colosseum Road, in Portland, every Friday from 4.30pm until 6pm.

For more information visit www.capewestgirlguides.org.za or Ms Cleophas via WhatsApp on 083 413 0006.