Nelson Leader : August 22nd 2013
9 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 22, 2013 NEWS 5530119AA No Experience Necessary Calling all entries, the challenge is on! Enter your team now in the Waka Ama Sprint Races Whanau -- Food -- Fun at Tahunanui Beach 10-4pm, Saturday 2nd November We supply the Waka, paddles and steerer Team entry $200 For further info call Whakatu Marae, 546 9097 ext 211 WINTER SPECIAL 25% Reading Glasses Offer expires 31 August 2013 OFF 5518548AA A W W Wa a an n nttt ttthhhe e e a a adddv v ve e errrtttiiis s siiin n nggg pp pa a ac c ckkka a aggge e e iiin n nN N Ne e ellls s so o on n n?? ? 5556157AA Brigade improving its appeal By ELESHA EDMONDS VITAL STATS Girls' Brigade was formerly called Girls' Life Brigade. It was founded in 1893 in Ireland and arrived in New Zealand in 1928. It has companies in 59 countries. To find a company go to girlsbrigade.org.nz. As Girls' Brigade New Zealand celebrates its 85th birthday, its Nel- son company is explor- ing ways of increasing its relevance to today's young women. Nelson Girls' Brig- ade captain Glenda Thomson says the organisation is work- ing to bring its decades-old programme up to date. It's been hard to find that draw-card for older girls,'' Mrs Thomson says. Therefore it has been really necessary that we adapt to be more appealing.'' The 5th Nelson Girls' Brigade Company, which meets at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Richmond, has 17 members. Mrs Thomson has noticed a drop in numbers as the organisation struggled to compete with other after-school activities. It's a shame a lot of people try a lot of different activities but don't get the benefit of seeing some- thing through,'' she says. Girls' Brigade national commissioner Glenda Wederall says the organisation, which has about 2000 members, will need to be smarter in the way it projects itself to younger generations. If you look back a few years we didn't have the internet or Mr Google and [the brigade] was able keep pace with the changes and the development of our young people,'' she . . . the girls' method of learning is different to a few years ago but you've got to adapt to what's out there.'' Recent changes include the introduction of a new programme outside the traditional and uniformed Girls' Brigade, called ICONZ for Girls (IFG). IFG is a weekly life development programme'' which develops skills based on themes such as adventure, community and spirituality. Girls' Brigade national youth representative Megan Connolly, 19, says IFG is an example of how the brigade is trying to meet the demands of the 21st century. Everything is speeding up and the young leaders are ready to go for that,'' she says. Kids are doing so much more these days. It's just a matter of trying to fit around these other things they do and realise that there is still value in doing Girls Brigade.'' Girls' Brigade will mark its 85th birthday with a celebration weekend in October. Trash' wanted A Nelson art class is turning trash into treasure by looking out for the things many businesses just throw away. Nelson Environment Centre's Artbox class gives children the chance to create arts, crafts, perform- ance and play from unwanted items. But coordinator Sarah Langi says the class is in desperate need of safe and non-toxic products that people no longer need. We need a good supply of card, coloured paper, stickers, untreated wood off-cuts, containers, small reels, bobbins and anything else that might be reusable for young children,'' she says. We would be delighted if businesses could save us treasures from their waste stream.'' Ms Langi says the class encourages children to come up with creative and innovative ways to reuse waste items. It's a great way to show kids how resources can be rescued from landfill and turned into artworks,'' she says. Other events around the country are pushing a similar message. Ms Langi says businesses willing to make dona- tions should contact her on 545 9176.
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