1st January 2011
To fund a trip like this takes a lot of effort and quite a bit of cash. We have had to work very hard to raise enough money to get us there and to fund our project whilst there.
One of our members, Ben Stroud, cycled 146 miles from Borstal to Brownsea Island , the site of Baden-Powell's first experimental Scout camp. We have packed bags at local supermarkets, held quiz nights and organised clothing collections under the banner of 'Rags to Riches'.
The village pub, The White Horse, has had a collection jar on the bar for the last six months or so and the Anglo-Indian Restaurant 'Moza' which is on the premises, has been good enough to donate some of the profits from their monthly 'buffet nights' to us as well.
We have carried out 'house removals';cakes have been baked; gardens have been weeded;and Ben's father Jacques has painted some cards, which he had printed at his own cost, for us to sell, raising several hundred pounds.
We also involved Kent's Beaver Scouts, when they celebrated their 25th anniversary at Quex Park near Birchington, over the weekend of 21st - 22nd of May where they raised £1,000.00 for us by collecting pennies.
1st January 2011
Explorer Scouts decided that a good way to raise funds for our trip would be to collect old clothes and turn these Rags into Riches. so three collections were organised at the Thomas Aveling, Fort Pitt Girls and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School by Explorer Scouts who attended them.
Whilst the results were in themselves rather disappointing, especially for those who did all of the hard work; they were boosted last Friday (20th May) when Amanda Dean our Beaver Leader, organised a collection at the Medway Council Offices at Gun Wharf where she works. She collected 407.3 kilos of old clothes from her colleagues, which was turned into £169.55p by 'Phil the Bag' our Rag Collector.
Well done to everyone concerned and many thanks to all of our donators for helping us achieve our target.