Knockbridge Brownies is one cause that was recently backed by Louth shoppers via the Tesco Community Fund.
Being a Brownie is all about having fun, as they tackle the serious business of learning to help others, enjoying the outdoors, playing games and doing crafts, while working on awards and badges.
There are over 30 Brownie badges to collect in everything from First Aid, to bird watching, from environmental awareness to pet care. So there really is something for every girl in the group, who range in age from seven to 10 years.
According to Brownie leader, Caroline McNally: “Brownies is all about trying different things and helping the children to discover a talent that they didn’t know they possessed. It’s great for a child’s confidence. There’s no competition, no winners or losers. There’s a real emphasis on teamwork, and on learning life skills.”
A great example of this is the group from Knockbridge Brownies who recently mixed with 131 of their peers for their very first experience of an international girl-guide camp in Co Down. The girls did archery, rope climbs and grass-sledging, took part in a talent show, and even learned how to correctly put on a sari as part of the camp’s theme of cultural unity. Although the group had to borrow tents for the camp, next year when the girls go to camp in Tipperary, they will be sleeping in brand new tents, thanks to the donation they received from the Tesco Community Fund.
Brownie leader, Caroline McNally said: “The fund is brilliant, the new tents mean that we can take the girls away more often and teach them lots of new skills, while they mix with other Brownies from all across the country.”
Community Champion for Tesco stores in Louth, David Darcy said: “The Community Fund is open to any good cause or group so if you think you know a local organisation that could benefit from some extra funding, please nominate them in store or online today. And don’t forget to vote for your preferred cause each time you shop using your blue token, because it really does make a difference.”
Tesco customers can simply fill out a nomination form in store and every 8 weeks, three local causes will be selected for the Tesco Community Fund. Customers can also nominate a cause online via: www.tesco.ie/communityfund. And at the end of each phase, blue token votes are counted and up to €1,000 is shared proportionally between the three local causes.
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