1st Broadford Scouts do their bit

1st Broadford Scouts with the wheelbarrows they assembled for donation to bushfire victims. (Photo: Craig Waters)

In the wake of the devastating bushfires that decimated the surrounding area, the 1st Broadford Scout Group members swung into action to do their bit in the rebuilding of lives and homes.

The Joey Scouts, upon hearing that some of their school friends had lost all their colouring books in the fires, purchased new colouring books which were passed on to the Salvation Army to be handed out to all the local children.

Following an appeal from the Wallan Wallan Relief Centre, the Broadford Cubs made a collection of toiletries, soaps, shampoos, brushes, underwear and the like for donation to families who had lost everything in the fires. The response was amazing with several bags of items dropped off within the hour.

On the night of Thursday, 19th February, the Scout section helped to assemble 20 new wheelbarrows within an hour. After assembling them they were loaded onto trailers and transported to the Wandong area to be passed on to families who had lost everything in the fires.

On Black Saturday, 7th February, the 1st Broadford Venturer Scouts, upon hearng a call for assistance, travelled to the Kilmore CFA Station. After a quick briefing, the Venturer Scouts assisted by manning phones, photocopying, taking messages, handing out drinks, making sandwiches, completing rosters and so on.

Scouting members right across the state have been helping their local communities in many ways, providing tents for shelter and storage, opening Scout Halls for families who lost houses to move into, and sorting donated clothing.

We are all very proud of our members who assisted and helped without hesitation. These members from 6 to 16 years of age showed that when required, the youth in our community rise to the challenge.

Well done to all the 1st Broadford Scout Group members for standing tall when it counted most.

- Craig Waters, Group Manager – 1st Broadford Scout Group

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