Guiding girls with values

2016-04-26 06:00
Photo: supplied Brownies (from left) Taitym van der Vlies, Seedashni, Trish Solomon, Keemiya Chetty, Ziyanda Nxumalo Caitlyn Reddy, Ashmika Govender, and (back) Jacky Bellengere and Sophie Bellengere.

Photo: supplied Brownies (from left) Taitym van der Vlies, Seedashni, Trish Solomon, Keemiya Chetty, Ziyanda Nxumalo Caitlyn Reddy, Ashmika Govender, and (back) Jacky Bellengere and Sophie Bellengere.

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GIRL Guides at Fairfell in Northdene attracts girls from Pinetown, Kloof, Westville, Yellowwood Park and Malvern.
Queensburgh Girl Guide spokesperson Natalie Raw said girl guiding helps to develop the full potential of girls and women incorporating a clearly defined value system as stated in the “Promise”.
Through its commitment to life, leadership and outdoor skills, a progressively dynamic programme is offered in which members are given every opportunity to fulfill their particular responsibilities.

“Keemiya Chetty started her Girl Guide career as a Teddy on 14 April, 2012 after her mom Peggy Naidoo saw an advert for girl guides in one of the community newspapers.
Keemiya was six at the time and after completing her 10 Teddy badges and obtaining the final Honey Pot Badge, she moved up to Brownies at the age of seven in 2014. This year she received the Brownies Golden Hand Badge. Congratulations to Keemiya, who is enthusiastic and diligent and always gives of her best. She has chosen to continue with her guiding career and will move up to girl guides at the beginning of the third term.

“The Brownie programme is based on the Silver Hand and the Golden Hand badges. Both Hands are divided into five finger badges - keep fit, nature lover, craft, home helper and young citizen. Each badge teaches the Brownie various aspects of that particular theme. A Brownie gets the Silver Hand badge once she has completed all five finger badges. Once a Brownie has attained her Silver hand badge, she then starts on her Golden Hand finger badges.

“We welcome new girls at any stage into the programme. As Keemiya is finishing with Brownies we welcomed Ziyanda Nxumalo into the Brownie Pack. Ziyanda and her sister Nosipho wanted to join Guides as their mom, Zabo Mthembu, was a Brownie and a Girl Guide in her youth.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Girl Guides can contact Natalie on 074 514 8828 or email

The Brownies meet on Fridays at pm to 6.30pm. Guides meet straight after Brownies from 6.30pm to 8pm. Teddies meet on Saturdays from 9am to 10.30am. There are no meetings in the school holidays.

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