ShelterBox fundraising

1st Ninfield Beaver Colony’s Big Breakfast raises Big Money

A Ninfield Scout Beaver Colony has raised over £400 for a disaster charity. The 1st Ninfield Scout Group organised a Big Breakfast in aid of the ShelterBox Disaster Relief charity. The event was the second Big Breakfast organised by the Group which last year supported a Scout charity in Africa. This year’s event was organised by 15 year old Explorer Scout Eleanor Gausden as part of her Young Leader’s Belt Qualification and she chose ShelterBox as her charity because, “I saw a presentation on ShelterBox when I was the Beavers’ age and it made such an impression on me.”  The event started on Thursday evening when the Rotary Club of Senlac’s ShelterBox representative, Colin Goldsack, gave a light-hearted but serious demonstration of the ShelterBox equipment to the Beavers. They were able to handle the kit, set up a kitchen and try on some of the clothing. On Friday evening the Beaver’s had a cardboard shelter sleepover in the Ninfield Memorial Hall when they got a taste of what it’s like to not to sleep in a proper bed. On Saturday morning the somewhat sleepy Beaver’s waited on the tables taking orders and serving nearly 150 big cooked breakfasts to people who paid whatever they felt the breakfast was worth. After the event Eleanor said, “It’s gone quite well and achieved what I wanted. I’m very pleased with the result. Sandra Creasey, the Beavers’s leader – she’s known as Kaa- and all the helpers have been brilliant with their support.”

Rotary International is in partnership with ShelterBox which hand delivers the essentials people need to begin rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of a disaster. The aid they supply comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits.; the green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home. The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes straight away and contain the items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children. More information about ShelterBox can be found on www.ShelterBox.org 

You can learn more about the 1st Ninfield Scout Group on www.senlacscouts.org.uk/scout-groups/1st-ninfield/