Tea raises funds

By Tatura Guardian

About 50 people came together to support the Greater Shepparton District Girl Guide Travel Fundraising Group with an afternoon Devonshire tea on Thursday, May 3.

The group was formed in 2011, with an aim to raise funds to financially assist senior Girl Guides to attend international camps and events.

Formed by two current and six former Girl Guide leaders — now all Trefoil Guild members.

It was noted that few girls from the Greater Shepparton Guide Units were travelling to these events because of the high costs involved.

The Trefoil Guild is the adult section of Guiding.

Since 2012, the group has financially supported girls to attend camps in Connecticut in the United States, Yorkshire and London in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand.

This year the group was delighted to financially support 10 Guiding members — of which six had never travelled out of Victoria — to attend an international Jamboree in Sydney.

Twice a year the Travel Fundraising Group organises a Devonshire Tea at The Gallery Cafe on Hogan St.

Shepparton police family violence adviser Sergeant Thelma Bull was the guest speaker at the event.

‘‘It’s good to get the message out there because we need support from the community,’’ Sgt Bull said.

Ninety-eight-year-old Muriel Burns is part of the Trefoil Guild and joined as a Brownie at seven years old, before working her way up the ranks.

‘‘It has been a wonderful day and we have had a lovely afternoon tea,’’ Mrs Burns said.