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  1. 1. session. This was followed by the Global th Speech and workshops which were eye- 10 Asia Pacific openers for the participants. More Regional serious work followed, with the presentation of the process and Conference discussion session on the Asia Pacific Operational Plan 2012 – 2014. However, The 10th Asia besides the serious work, delegates also Pacific had fun at the international bazaar and Regional sharing songs and recipes from their Conference countries. The participants also had a on 3 to 9 July fun and relaxing evening with the Olave in the Baden-Powell Society (OBPS) and the Maldives was World Centres. a success. A total of 105 participants and guests A tree-planting activity was held during attended the conference themed “Plant, the Conference. The programme was Grow, Share” in conjunction with the held at Hulhumale, an island 30 minutes Centenary. away from the Paradise Island Resort and Spa where the Conference was held. The future of the environment and The event brought together about 300 young women’s leadership were key participants including participants from topics at the conference, and the Special the Regional Conference, the Friends of Envoy to the President of the Maldives, Asia Pacific WAGGGS and local Girl Mr Ibrahim Hussain Zaki delivered the Guides from Maldives Girl Guides keynote speech on the effects of climate Association. Chief Guide of Maldives Girl change and the role girls and young Guide Association First Lady Laila Ali women have to play in saving the attended the environment. Recent natural disasters event. A total and the dangerously high sea levels in of 100 trees the Maldives have made the were planted environment a key priority for girls and and a young women in the network and for the monument Maldives Girl Guide Association, which was built at runs various environmental projects. the tree planting site The Asia Pacific Committee together with to Global Operations Deputy Director, commemorate the Conference. Françoise Cosgrove presented the Regional Triennial Report at the first 16 August 2010~13:49~MM R:Asia PacificPublication and PromotionLink News2010SeptemberAsia Pacific Link News September2010 Final.doc
  2. 2. September 2010 The new Asia Pacific Committee Members and enjoyed making new Members friends. are: Low Lih Jeng, Highlights were the young leaders' Girl Guides gathering, the international bazaar and Singapore – the beach barbecue dinner. We also held Chair; friendship activities where we ran Normala activities such as taking pictures with Baharudin, creative actions, swapped souvenirs, Girl Guides Association of Malaysia – exchanged on friends' traditional dresses Vice Chair; Melanie Jayne Bennett, and took photos.” Girlguiding New Zealand; Ruchira Harshanee Jayasinghe, Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association; Thanyaporn Krichtitayawuth, The Girl Guides (Girl Why do I volunteer Scouts) Association of Thailand; Febe Marl Paat, Girl Scouts of the Philippines. Dallas Langdon, member of Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS The Conference ended with a fun-filled who is based in beach barbeque and campfire led by Australia writes “I young women participants of the volunteer because I Conference. Conference participants also enjoy being part of a had lunch at Aarah, the President of community and getting Maldives’ retreat island, which is now to know new people of dedicated to Girl Guides and Scouts for all ages and with a activities. After lunch, all participants variety of different took a boat ride to Male’, the capital of physical abilities. I also the Maldives for sightseeing and wanted to share my skills and help other shopping. people. Till we meet again in the 11th Asia Pacific Being in full-time employment limits the Regional Conference in JAPAN! opportunities for volunteering. However, there are still ways to be useful and get Young Leader’s experience of the involved. Once I finished paid Asia Pacific Regional Conference employment the possibilities were endless. Korrapin Lertkittisuk, My volunteering commenced when I member of became a Guide Leader at 17 years old, the Youth a long time ago now. Australian Guide Committee Units are community-based and of the Girl volunteer-led, which means that Guides (Girl volunteer leaders bring a wide variety of Scouts) background experiences and Association professions. of Thailand writes on her experiences at the 10th Asia Pacific Regional As I began to recognize needs in the Conference. community, I became interested in using my skills to help others beyond Guiding. “As a young leader from Thailand I had Activities included: the great opportunity to attend the 10th • Serving meals to elderly residents Asia Pacific Regional Conference. This in their own home was my first Girl Guide Conference • Assisting at disabled athletes abroad. I was very impressed as I had sporting events new experiences, good ideas, met World • Making, collecting and Board and Asia Pacific Committee distributing useful items for homeless people 2
  3. 3. September 2010 • Making items for sale and extreme poverty and hunger” and the distribution by Soroptimist participants were honoured by the International badges. • Administrative work for major state events for athletes Women empowered through literacy Although I started out as a Guide and maternal health education in Leader, my Guiding volunteering Pakistan expanded over the years to include camping with girls and training leaders Two “free community camps” on the in camping skills, training women to topic of “women empowerment through become leaders of girls, organizing literacy and maternal health education” major events, roles such as National were organized by Pakistan Girl Guides Guide Adviser, National Uniform Association (PGGA) Punjab Branch in Consultant, National Awards Committee, June, 2010. These camps were held at supporting the introduction of Girl the Community Learning Centers (CLCs) Scouting in Mongolia, supporting of Shahpur and Karbath. CLCs’ staff, activities in the Asia Pacific Region, and learners, their family members and supporting WAGGGS through other community members attended the membership of OBPS”. camps. The managing committee members played very active role in organizing WAGGGS’ goals these events and they fully supported the project and CLCs’ staff. All stake holders were keenly involved in the Goal 1 – Leadership activities. Development The camps were visited by the Provincial Commissioner of PGGA, District India runs Rangers and Rovers Commissioner, executive members, the Samagam project coordinator and area supervisors. Sessions on skills training, To mark the maternal health education, first aid Centenary training, poultry and live stock, Celebration agriculture and kitchen gardening were of the World delivered. More than 550 people were Guide benefitted from the camps. Movement, Training for Trainers in Fiji and India Thailand run by Asia Pacific organized Resource Pool Rovers and Rangers Samagam (Samagam means Two Training for Trainers sessions were join together) at National Training held in Fiji and Thailand, partially funded Centre, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh by the International Scout and Guide from 15 to 19 June 2010. 57 Rangers Fellowship (ISGF) and run by Asia Pacific and 114 Rovers participated from 17 Resource Pool members. States of India. It was a unique Programme of Rangers. During the The Fiji training was held in Suva from 4 Samagam, participants enjoyed to 7 May trekking, blind trail, rock climbing, 2010 and archery and the main attraction for the run by Prue girls was parasailing. Carpenter of the Asia The input session on Global Action Pacific Theme (GAT) was taken and a poster Resource competition was organized on the topic Pool. 18 “girls worldwide say together we can end 3
  4. 4. September 2010 Trainee Trainers representing 18 Guiding Provinces throughout Fiji attended. The Goal 2 – Strong and theme of the training was “Planting Growing Member Seeds of Change”. The aim of the sessions was to train trainee trainers so Organizations that they will be able to train new Adult Leaders in their respective Guiding 2nd Pacific Strategy Meeting, 20-22 provinces. Programme content included May 2010, Cook Islands Guiding principles, structuring a training programme, communication skills, “’Kia Orana’. This is how we greet each trainers’ roles and pacific educational other in the Cook Islands” says Ngara programme. Katuke, the National Commissioner of Girl Guides Cook Islands and the host of “Considering Fiji Girl Guides’ last the 2nd Pacific Strategy Meeting. This Training for Trainers was held eight meeting years ago, it was an amazing success. brought Out of the 18 participants, 10 were together 24 young trainees between 25 to 35 years national old” leaders from 5 Pacific The second training was held from 21 to Member 25 April 2010 by The Girl Guides (Girl Organizations Scouts) Association of Thailand. A (MOs): Cook representative from the Asia Pacific Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea Resource Pool, Ms. Jeyadhevi and Tonga. Representing the Asia Pacific Subramaniam, conducted the Training (AP) Committee was June Cameron, for Trainers Diploma. 31 trainers from all Chair 2007-2009, who chaired the over the country participated in this meeting and Ching Ching Wee-Ong, AP training. The objectives of this training Development Executive, who facilitated were successfully fulfilled with all the discussions. participants gaining knowledge and developing leadership skills which will This meeting was organized after the promote the efficiency of forthcoming Asia Pacific Committee saw a need to Girl Guides activities. The programme find a new way to work with the Pacific covered the role and responsibility of MOs, to ensure future sustainability and trainers, provide better support and creating communication. It replaced the training Partnership Visits to MOs. The first schedule meeting was held in Brisbane in 2009. for leaders at The three-day meeting was packed with both basic presenting reports, gathering and information, case studies and serious advanced discussions on the way forward. levels, teamwork, assessment of However the members also took time to trainers, principles of management, celebrate the Centenary of Girl Guiding evaluation and self-development and Girl Scouting by planting gardenia reports, and governance and trees in the Arorangi church ground; management. took part in the run of the Commonwealth Games baton relay; and enjoyed a colourful Opening Ceremony and the delicious array of food supplied by the community. At the conclusion of the second meeting, there was little doubt that the Pacific strategy has strengthened the Pacific 4
  5. 5. September 2010 MOs, especially those who have taken MDGs and to organize a state-workshop up the challenge to complete the tasks based on the national format by the end agreed within 12 months. The of September 2010. opportunity to meet annually with representatives from the AP Committee Be the Change national participants are ensured they get up-to-date information now working in their states to organize on WAGGGS initiatives and events, and their local workshops. They are doing establish closer contacts and support this with support from nominated State each other in areas that were weak. Liaisons, the National Be the Change Millennium Development Goals Project The second meeting allowed the MOs to Manager and, where appropriate, Guides present progress reports on the with specialist knowledge are being WAGGGS Six Core Areas of Work; invited to assist on a state-by-state update members on the status of the basis. implementation of the tasks agreed at the first meeting; and work on a new set Girl Guides Australia and each state and of action plans. There were obvious territory office has signed an developments in most MOs and for those Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) still facing challenges, it ensures that outlines the roles and intervention and support happens more responsibilities of each party in quickly than it did the past. The quality delivering these workshops. of success of the decisions made at the meeting is very dependent on the quality Importantly, on signing the MoU, each of leadership. The atmosphere at the state and territory office will receive meeting was positive and the leaders funds from Girl Guides Australia to experienced a sense of responsibility to administer the state workshops. bring Guiding forward to the future. Japan takes part in Green Wave The meeting ended with the MOs Campaign unanimously agreeing to hold a 3rd Pacific Strategy Meeting in 2011 and to Japanese Girl Scouts took part in the continue until all the MOs are Green Wave strengthened. Campaign, which was launched by Australia to run “Be the Change Convention Biological State” workshops Diversity. The Green Wave is a global Girl Guides Australia has received biodiversity campaign funding from AusAID to run a series of to educate children workshops across Australia titled “Be the and youth about Change”. The workshops are focused on biodiversity. From 1 advocacy and the Millennium March to 31 May, 500 Development Goals (MDGs) throughout Girl Scouts (24 2010. groups) took part this campaign. The biodiversity is one of the important The first step was to invite 26 topics of Peace Project participants to a two-day national "GreenerxGreener" which Girl Scouts of workshop which was held in Melbourne Japan established from 2010. Through in April. Participants at the workshop the campaign they will gain publicity for were informed about advocacy and Girl Scouting. heard from a range of external speakers working in this space. Pakistan hosts workshop for the development of Junior Guide activity As part of the application process, book. participating Guides were asked to commit to completing an individual Pakistan Girl Guides Association project aligned with at least one of the organized a two-day workshop for the 5
  6. 6. September 2010 development of a Junior Guide activity bubbly, making it easy for us to warm to book on 22 and 23 June 2010 at the them. Even though we had a little National Headquarters and Training difficulty in trying to understand each Center, Islamabad. Participants from other due to our different accents, we different branches of Pakistan Girl could still communicate our thoughts in Guides Association (PGGA) attended the the end. We were thankful to them for workshop. being very patient with us by trying their best to share their knowledge and The main objective of the workshop was experiences. We exchanged contact to review and reform the Junior Guide details with each other to maintain Hand Book to ensure it answers the contacts. needs and demands of the modern era. During the This trip has made us more aware of the workshop, world outside Singapore. Our the book’s experiences in Perth should be shared appearance with my fellow Guides as it emphasizes and the importance of adaptability and contents effective communications. This has were indeed been a memorable trip for me analyzed. and my friends.” Participants pointed out different shortcomings and forwarded suggestions to revise the Goal 3 - The Voice of book. Participants suggested many Girls and Young activities for the Junior Guide’s Activity Book during the workshop. In the closing Women ceremony Mrs. Farhana Azim, National Commissioner Pakistan Girl Guides Japan says "together we can end Association, recognized the hard work of extreme poverty and hunger". the participants and distributed certificates to them. On 22 and 23 May 2010, Girl Scouts of Japan held the Nationwide Event under Singapore Girl Guides Exchange the theme of "girls worldwide say Programme Perth 2010 "together we can end extreme poverty and hunger"". About 17,000 members Nur Amirah Bte Kamal from Zhenghua and non-members participated in the Secondary School 1st Coy in Singapore events in 42 Councils. visited Perth as part of a Girl Guides Exchange programme with Australia. 1,591 people joined the charity walk in Nur Amirah Bte Kamal writes: “The Girl Chiba. In Hokkaido they invited a Guides Exchange Programme to Perth UNICEF staff to hear the present took place from 5 to 10 June 2010. situation of children in Africa. There were a total of 23 Girl Guides from Participants joined the experience my school who attended the trip. We programme to learn about Africa. visited the Guide House upon our arrival in Perth. At the Guide House, we met a Many non-members participated in the Guider who was at that time managing Nationwide Events across Japan, and it the Guide shop. She introduced us to was a very good opportunity to increase Guiding in Australia and even showed us MDGs awareness and help raise the their collection of resources in their profile of Girl Scouting. library, their guide cookies, uniforms, badges and their patrol system and the Bras needed for world record emblems. attempt by GirlGuiding New Zealand On the fourth day, we met up with an Girls and women across Australian Guide unit at a bowling the world – please dig centre. The girls were very friendly and out all of those unwanted 6
  7. 7. September 2010 bras to help create the world’s longest “Most New Zealanders have been bra chain. It does not matter what affected by breast cancer in one way or condition the bras are in – and whether other and by attempting to break this there’s one or one hundred – any world bra chain record, our GirlGuiding contributions are gratefully accepted. members are involved and making a The Bra Chain, a GirlGuiding New contribution to their world,” says Ruth Zealand Guinness world record attempt, Teasdale. is being organized by Dargaville Guide Leader Robyn Martinovich. For more information or any enquiries visit or email The world record of 166,000 bras is currently held by the Australians. Robyn thought of the idea when she came across a record for the world’s longest bra chain in her daughter’s Guinness Book of World Records. As the largest female-only organization in New Zealand, GirlGuiding New Zealand is working to raise awareness of Centenary update breast cancer amongst its members and the wider community and the obvious In May, Australian Guides celebrated link between breast cancer and bras 100 years of Guiding at “100 inspired this campaign. Downunder”, a fun activity day linking skills through the past, present and “In Guiding, girls are involved in future. community action projects and advocating for others. This is a great Over 4,000 girls followed the same opportunity to assist in educating girls program at large and small events and women in the prevention and around the country. Each group brought detection of breast cancer to try and a piñata to their event reflecting the ensure as few women and families as theme of the Guiding celebration. These possible are affected by this terrible were hung in a central area before being disease,” says GirlGuiding New Zealand’s broken later in the day and proved to be Chief Executive Ruth Teasdale. the most popular activity. The girls also loved ‘Boiling the Billy’. A billy is a GirlGuiding NZ is wholeheartedly cooking pot used when camping. The supporting girls were challenged to boil water using the world some basic equipment, including record matches, a candle, a metal bottle lid and attempt wire. Another favourite was ‘Ice cream which will in a Bag’, involving a small, sealed be launched plastic bag of ingredients inside a larger on Mother’s bag of ice and salt and lots of vigorous Day (May shaking. 9). Bras are already being collected from throughout New Zealand with over 3000 The day ended with a dance party with already sitting in a Dargaville kumara the girls performing the dances, songs, shed. Local Guiding units will be the poems and raps they had created during collection points for the bras. Once the the day. Bra Chain World Record attempt has been achieved, all the highest quality The Inaugural session of Bangladesh bras will be sent to women in Africa, Girl Guides Association’s Centenary Haiti, the Pacific Islands or other celebrations were held at Osmani countries as a way of giving back to Memorial Hall, Dhaka on 24 April, 2010 women and girls overseas. with the slogan “we can change our world”. The function was ceremonially 7
  8. 8. September 2010 inaugurated by Honorable Prime Minister were also presented to Syeda Sajeda of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina, Syeda Chowdhury and Nurul Islam Nahid by Sajeda Chowdhury, M.P., former the Association. National Commissioner of Bangladesh Girl Guides Association and Honorable On behalf of the Association, the Deputy Leader of Bangladesh Parliament Honorable Prime Minister presented and Nurul Islam Nshid, Honorable crests to those who carried the Guide Education Minister were present as movement forward as National special guests. National Commissioner of Commissioners in the past as well as at Bangladesh Girl Guide Association Phul present, namely, Seyda Sajeda Rani Sarker chaired the inaugural Chowdhury, M.P. Zeba Rashid ceremony. Chowdhury, Mamtazun Nahar, Rehana Banoo and Phul Rani Sarker. The On arrival of the Prime Minister, Yellow honorable Prime Minister also presented Birds, Guides, Rangers, Guiders, Youth a crest to veteran guide Lulu Rahman. Leaders, Commissioners and invited Former General Secretary Zeenat guests welcomed her with claps. The Ahmed, Regional Commissioners of attendance of the Prime Minister in Girl seven regions and Convener and Guide uniform was a pleasant surprise Treasurer of the Association Yasmin for all. The programme started with Ahmed also received crests for their recitation from holy scripts and playing invaluable contribution to the of national and world song. Phul Rani implementation of the Guide Sarker, National Commissioner of programme. At the end, a cultural show Bangladesh Girl Guides Association and was presented by the Association, which chair of the function then welcomed all was enjoyed by the audience including the participants. the Honorable Prime Minister. The honorable Prime Minister Sheikh On the occasion of WAGGGS’ centenary Hasina recalled the invaluable saying of celebrations the Bangladesh Girl Guides Lord Baden-Powell and Lady Baden- arranged various programmes including Powell – the founder of Girl Guides debating competitions and discussion Movement. Paying homage to them, meetings on Lord and Lady Baden- she said this Movement has been Powell at the national headquarters. recognized and acclaimed throughout the world as an institution for its service “Plant, Grow and Share” was to the society. She stated that formal everywhere to be seen in Brunei education is not enough for personal Darussalam on Sunday 25 July. Living development. Guiding enables girls and up to the theme were Guides and young women to become competent Brownies from across the country citizens. Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury M.P. sharing in the birthday cheers and joy of called upon Yellow Birds, Guides and the country’s king. This annual event Rangers to create a developed and helps plant the seeds of patriotism, love peaceful world with the ideals of service. and loyalty as in the Guide promise. His Majesty the Sultan’s birthday falls on 15 Phul Rani Sarker decorated the July with celebrations lined up for two Honorable weeks that include ceremonial parades, Prime religious, cultural and educational Minister functions. In all these the Girl Guides with the and Brownies played a meaningful role. Centenary Badge, The next day saw more action at the Patron Guide headquarters as Badge Brunei Guides mark and Scarf and handed over a Crest. another first. It was our Honorable Prime Minister also presented first Community Day a Crest to the Association on her behalf. which saw the launch of Centenary badges, Scarves and Crests the Princess Rashidah 8
  9. 9. September 2010 Community Award. The scheme is The campaign started at 6.30 am and designed to get girls involved in they met together at 9:00 am for the six community service on a wider scale. groups’ presentations at the Garden on HRH Princess Rashidah our President Riverside at Takmao Town of Kandal graced the occasion to also Province. commemorate her birthday. In her keynote address HRH highlighted to the The National Ranger Council of Girl Association the need to think ‘out of the Guides Association of Malaysia box’ in order to face the challenges organized the today both nationally and in the global Centenary arena. Friendship Trail from 12 The service award scheme requires that to 16 June Guide patrols or Brownie packs 2010. This undertake community projects. Their was the last progress and success will be rated based lap of the on the girls’ efficiency and originality in Friendship Trail which started in 2005. the presentation of their ‘success story’. The girls and leaders from different School Principals are brought in to states tour the country in buses to support the scheme and they received extend their hands of friendship to sister progress booklets to be distributed to Guides in the states where they make a the Guides and Brownies in their stop over. schools. This year, the participants consisted of Cambodia celebrated their Centenary five Brownies, five junior Guides and 20 Day on 6 April 2010 by organizing Rangers, together with five young campaigns on leaders and five commissioners from the “Dignity each Branch joining in the Friendship of Youth” Trail, bringing a total of 498 participants. involving 1,500 The theme of the Centenary Friendship participants Trail was “Fun, Friendship and from six Challenge”. The theme song was “Hands youth of Friendship”. organizations, the public and guests. As initiated by Centenary Ambassador of Activities consisted of singing, dancing, the Girl Guides Association of Cambodia, challenges and exchanging of souvenirs, they conducted campaigns in villages as well as through distribution of leaflets and loud sightseeing and speakers on the following topics: Youth getting to know Association of Kandal Province talked the country’s about the Duty of Youth on National heritage and Patriot for the Country; Girl Guides culture. The Association of Cambodia talked about highlight of the HIV/AIDS prevention as a way to Centenary alleviate poverty and hunger; the Friendship Trail was the planting of Women’s Association for Peace and trees, in line with the theme: “Plant, Development talked about HIV/AIDS Grow and Share”. They planted 10 trees awareness and prevention for young in every state they visited. At the final people and women; the Youth Council of stop, 20 trees were planted to take the the Kandal Province talked about total number of trees planted to 100. preventing high school drop-out rates, And just before the contingents travel and educating students to become good back to their states, a photo was taken children, good students and good showing the participants forming the citizens. figure 100! All in all, it was a wonderful and enriching experience for the girls in all levels of Guiding. 9
  10. 10. September 2010 celebrations with the Investiture Nepal Scouts Ceremony of Begum Fouzia Yousaf Raza hosted a National Gillani as the Chief Guide of Pakistan Girl Camp (a mini Guides Jamboree), from Association 9 the 12 July in held at PGGA celebration of the National Centenary. This Headquarters camp was also in on 3 May, preparation for 2010. Miss the 2nd National Nafeesa Shah Jamboree in (Honorary President PGGA), Begum 2011. Some 600 Amina Taseer (Honorary President PGGA Scouts Punjab) and Begum Awais Ghanni were participated in also present at the occasion. Mrs. the camp from all around the country. It Farhana Azim National Commissioner was a great success as it was a long Pakistan Girl Guides Association time since such an event had been held administered the oath, and in her in Nepal. welcome address expressed gratitude to Begum Fouzia Yousaf Raza Gillani for The President, Right Honourable Ram joining the Guide family. She visualized Baran Yadav, inaugurated the Camp by PGGA National headquarters as a raising the camp flag. He inspected the potential training centre, a venue for various activities delivered by the Scouts hosting regional meetings and and spent over an hour in the camp. conferences and said that PGGA are On his arrival at the campsite, the Chief indebted to Mrs. Gillani for raising the Scout Hon Minister for Youth and Sports, profile of the Organization, enhancing its Mr Ganesh Tiwari Nepali and the Chief image and visibility at different forums. Commissioner, Shree Ram Lamichhane Begum Fouzia Yousaf Raza Gillani received the President and escorted him praised the Guide programme and to the Scout activities area and to visit training and said that it was most helpful the Scouts in the ground. for the girls throughout their practical life. She admired the role of Guides During the address, the President during emergencies and praised their praised the principles of Scouting and work for the earthquake evacuees and added further that the movement is IDPs. She announced a 2 million rupees doing great work in shaping the fund for the Pakistan Girl Guides character of the young people. Association. The Chief Commissioner talked about Pakistan was also invited by ATV to the importance of such a camp for participate in a popular television building friendship among the young programme. Recognizing the role of people from all over the country Guiding in the Society, ATV invited especially at this time when Nepal is National Commissioner of Pakistan Girl going through difficult times with Guides Association, Mrs. Farhana Azim in conflicts in various areas. He also urged their programme “Morning with Farah”. the government to support the Mrs. Tahira Ahmad, National Secretary forthcoming 2nd National Jamboree. Pakistan Girl Guides Association was also present during the interview. The The National Secretary, Chandra Kala interview had a great significance as it Panta gave a brief report of the camp focused on the Centenary celebrations of and thanked all concerned for the help Guiding. During the interview Mrs. Azim and the success of the camp. highlighted the importance of the Guide Programme and Training. She informed the viewers about the history, Pakistan Girl Guides Association achievements and future plans of marked the launch of Centenary Pakistan Girl Guides Association. 10
  11. 11. September 2010 The official opening ceremony of the On 20 July, guests and hundreds of Centenary Friendship Circle was held on women, young and old, came together the 23 of April. The Chief Guest at the for a fund- opening ceremony was Mrs Leisha De raising Silva Chandrasena, Chairperson, Sri dinner at Lanka Telecom and a former Girl Guide. the The Guests of Honour were Mrs Fullerton Swarnika Pitigala, Assistant Director of Hotel, Education, Ministry of Education and Mrs Singapore Padma Kumaratunga, President, FPASL. to celebrate Girl Guides World Centenary. This event There were several activities which was hosted by the President of Girl added colour to the event whilst Guides Singapore, Mrs Joy Balakrishnan providing a challenge to the delegates, and Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching, Chief chief amongst which was the memorable Commissioner of Girl Guides Singapore and exciting adventure trek which took and Principal of NorthLight School. place at Wilpotha on 24 April. Guides and Guide Leaders alike shouldered their The Guests of Honour included Mr S.R. backpacks and took to the road, eager Nathan, President of the Republic of and enthusiastic to demonstrate their Singapore, Mrs Nathan, Patron of Girl team spirit. The teams, nicknamed Guides Singapore and Dr Vivian “Challengers”, “Dynamics”, “Brave Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Lions”, “Chabarans”, “Kambaras”, and Development, Youth and Sports. “Sooriyo”, worked together to reach the final destination in time for lunch. On that night, prominent women who were leaders of Girl Guides Singapore The various sessions and discussions were honoured. They were the women conducted at the Centenary Friendship who had given themselves tirelessly to Circle brought Guiding and contributed extensively to about the development of the Movement over numerous the past 50 years. ideas which will serve to Amongst the luminaries were previous improve the First Ladies Puan Noor Aishah, who was quality of the first Patron of the movement from Guiding and 1960 to1970, and Mrs Wee Kim Wee, camping, a Patron from 1985 to1994. key aspect of the former, The Centenary Friendship Circle was going forwards held from 22 to 27 April 2010 at the to 2020. More Family Planning importantly, the Centenary Friendship Association of Sri Circle helped strengthen the ties of Lanka’s (FPASL) friendship between the delegates and “Chinthana” Training their respective member countries. As Centre in Nainamadama, Priyanthi, a Guide Leader from Sri Lanka the Centenary commented: Friendship Circle was organized by the SLGGA “The band of Senior Guides who were to celebrate 100 years of Girl Guiding. present at the event to lend a helping An international event with a difference, hand summed up the event in the the Centenary Friendship Circle brought following words “The Centenary together 100 Guides and Guide Leaders Friendship Circle was an event that from Malaysia, UK and Sri Lanka to brought many hearts together from formulate ideas for camping in the diverse communities to build a bridge of future. 11
  12. 12. September 2010 friendship through Guiding, whose foundation was laid 100 years ago”. Friends of Asia Pacific WAGGGS We have had a busy period. From 3 to 7 July was the FAPW Gathering in the Maldives, held in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Regional Conference. It was attended by 104 participants from nine countries. In addition to Conference activities we were invited to attend, the Maldives Girl Guides arranged a wonderful programme. We made Maldivian crafts, tasted traditional Maldivian food, rode a submarine to view colourful fish and corals, and did some successful fishing. Joining in the planting of 100 trees on one of the new islands made us feel we were helping the future of the Maldives. Our heartfelt appreciation went to the Maldives for their kind hospitality. This was a very important event for FAPW in that we welcomed 50 new members and others upgraded their level of membership. With money brought to the event by countries, US$12,500 was given to the Region to benefit girls and leaders. We held business discussion as well. In particular it was agreed that the vests in red, blue, green and yellow would continue to be an identifying ‘uniform’ for FAPW members. Korea enthused us with plans they are developing for the General Assembly which will be held in Seoul from 20-24 April 2011. Information regarding this event will be sent by the Working Group to Member Organizations and Country Coordinators, as well as being posted on the FAPW website ( 20364) 12