The Fish Hoek Girl Guide groups rely greatly on donations to keep the organisations going; and to this end, the Girl Guide Support Group will be hosting a fun fundraising event in Fish Hoek.Iain Groom is a longstanding member of the Girl Guides Support Group, the committee made up of parents and guides which works on the finances to keep the guides operational and allow them to focus on learning the skills they need. The support group also provides services to the boys’ and men’s scouts groups.“We had a lot of very good feedback and young girls wanting to join the unit. The Girl Guide Support Group is running a Trivial Pursuit evening. This fundraiser is to be used to upgrade and buy new equipment for the guides,” says Groom.The adult leaders from 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides, Carol Wannenburgh and Yvette Stephen take pleasure in exposing the girls to many exciting skills that most people would often not be exposed to. Stephen explains: “(They) include axemanship and raft building and many which are potentially very useful – even lifesaving with their first aid training and fire safety where they were even given demonstrations by the VWS.” “(They’re) learning about nature, from identifying edible plants to making water sills and cooking on gas and fires. We also enjoy hiking to discover the rich beauty of our local environment.”Groom adds that they are attempting to expand on the areas where the guides operate and hope to see new groups being formed in the near future.“We’re trying to start a group in the Ocean View and Masiphumelele areas where they don’t have these programmes to keep kids busy and need it. The main thing is to get the kids off the streets,” Groom concluded.The fundraiser will take place on Saturday 14 September at 2nd Fish Hoek Scout Hall, Abington Circle, with tickets on sale for R50. V Contact 072 515 8844 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.