The local girl guides group is hosting a Community Tea to celebrate World Thinking Day this Sunday while also aiming to help reduce mother and child mortality around the world.
“Globally, there’s a lot of countries where this a real serious issue. The information we’ve been given says the top three killers of children around the world are malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia, which all three are preventable deaths and yet they’re still occurring at a very extreme rate across the world and even at home,” said organizer of the event and leader with the local Brownies unit, Kris Kjellbotn.
The Community Tea is being held at Qualicum Beach Community Hall at 2 p.m. where entry is by a donation of a new item for a baby, or a cash donation of $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids over 5.
That will get you a plate of homemade goodies and coffee, tea or hot chocolate, and there will be a performance of songs by all local units (sparks, brownies, guides, pathfinders and rangers) culminating in a combined performance.
Cash donations will go to the Canadian World Friendship Fund for World Thinking Day and the baby items will go to local programs.
Suggested donations include baby/child hygiene items like shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, soothers, bottles, wipes, diapers, pull-ups, formula and baby food.
World Thinking Day was created by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the organization encourages its members to use the day to participate in activities and projects with global themes and take action on issues facing girls.
The event is on Feb 17 from 2 — 3:30 with the singing performances starting at 2:45. The Arrowsmith Community Girl Guides have about 100 girls and are always in need of women leaders.
For more information visit www.girlguides.ca and follow the links.