Looking for a fun activity? Become a ‘Teddy’ today

Guides Oyena Nkonzo (left) and Zizi Khwani call on the community to help them fix the Port Shepstone Scouts' and Guides' Hall.

WHAT do Teddies, Brownies, Guides and Rangers do? They have fun.

Once a week a group of young girls meet at the Port Shepstone Scouts’ and Guides’ Hall on Mitchell Drive in Port Shepstone on a Thursday. The Teddies meet at 4pm and play games, paint, draw, make things, bake, sing, dance and listen to stories. They also learn about caring for others, themselves and the environment.

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The Girl Guide movement in Port Shepstone is inviting all girls – from all backgrounds, age groups and abilities – to get involved.

They are especially looking for girls for the Teddies age group, which is from four-and-a-half to seven years. For more information contact Denelda Williams (Wise Owl) at 073 4711550.

Last Thursday the Herald was invited to Teddy Lyla Labushange’s enrolment ceremony. To receive a Teddy badge one must attend at least four meetings, be able to communicate her name, birthday, address, telephone number and learn the Teddy Promise which is ‘I promise to care and share’.

Leaders of the Port Shepstone Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers (back, from left) Wise Owl Denelda Williams, Nala Kathlene Evans and Panda Jolene Evans with Teddies Lyla Labushange and Eliana Annapan.

This special ceremony was followed by tea and treats baked by the girls themselves!

Girls aged seven to 10 years can join Brownies and those between the ages of 10 and 14 can join Guides. Older girls, between the ages of 14 to 18, are invited to join the Rangers.

They take part in Girl Guides’ activities and meet at the hall every Thursday at 5pm.

Two friendly Guides, Oyena Nkonzo and Zizi Khwani, said Guides for them means ‘fun’. “We learn things we don’t learn at school. We make such good friends and we play games and learn new things,” they said.

For more information contact Jolene Evans (Panda) at 072 1485524.

Port Shepstone Brownies, Girl Guides and Rangers are headed up by three generations of the same family – Mrs Williams (Wise Owl), her daughter, Jolene Evans (Panda) and granddaughter Kathlene Evans (Nala).

Kathlene was recently awarded her prestigious Protea Award, the highest achievement in guiding. She is the first person from the Port Shepstone branch to obtain this award.

In order to receive this award she had to complete many community service activities such as volunteering at hospice and a soup kitchen and helping at Teddies and Guides to name a few. This talented young leader is now working to earn her adult leader qualification.

The hall is in desperate need of a spruce-up.

On a serious note, the hall is in desperate need of maintenance and they are calling on anyone and everyone to help them fix it. “The building is falling to pieces and we need help to fit new windows, curtains, burglar bars, a new gate and paint,” said Mrs Evans. Anyone who can assist can contact Mrs Evans.


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