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Deputy Governor-General, Cannon Weeville Gordon today (October 3), officially launched the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica Cookie Month, in which a target of $500,000 has been set.
“It’s a great pleasure for me to launch Cookie Month. The Girl Guides Association of Jamaica, one of Jamaica’s voluntary organizations, is doing such a magnificent job. I think we need more voluntary organizations in Jamaica, and more voluntary people,” said the Deputy Governor-General at the launch, held at King’s House.
Cannon Gordon noted that the fifth of December is observed as International Voluntary Day, and “I know that the Girls Guides are involved. They are doing a magnificent job and I wish them all the very best”.
Chief Commissioner of the Girl Guides, Lilyclaire Bellamy, explained that October is celebrated as Girl Guides Cookie Month and it is hoped that the association would raise the $500,000.
“The funds that are raised from Cookie Month are shared. Each unit gets a percentage of every box of cookies that they sell, and it also comes back into the association to help us with our expenses,” said Miss Bellamy.
In the meantime, Miss Bellamy said the association was placing much focus on its AIDS badge programme.
“The Girl Guides Association of Jamaica is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, and in collaboration with the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), have developed an AIDS badge curriculum for girls from the age of 10 right up to adulthood,” she pointed out.
Miss Bellamy said that Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Honourable Professor Kenneth Hall has agreed to make the presentation of the badge to those who are successful in the programme at a ceremony to be held in December.
“So for this year, the focus of the association is to work on the AIDS badge. I am really aware of how important it is for our young girls to become aware of HIV and AIDS,” she added.
Currently, there are about 5,000 girl guides islandwide.