Scouting garage sale to help Philippines

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by Alexia Johnston

Hundreds of dollars have been raised in Geraldine to benefit the Philippines.
Geraldine Keas, Cubs and Scouts called attention to their wares at a fundraising garage sale earlier this month and, as a result, raised $750.
The money was raised for Simeon and Deborah Reardon’s volunteering trip to the Philippines, which they embarked on last week. The couple will volunteer at an outreach run by the Ruel Foundation, where they will help with a range of tasks, including electrical work and fix-it jobs.
When Keas, Cubs and Scouts heard about the Reardons’ efforts, they set to work to do their bit for the cause by hosting a garage sale, with a sausage sizzle, cake stall, bric-a-brac and silent auctions.
The end result was a pleasing outcome for the Reardons, who will use the funds to help the people they meet in the Philippines, in ways that are “meaningful and practical”.
Kea leader Rebecca Tilsley was also pleased with the amount raised and was delighted with the support given by the community and the Scouting families.
“It has been a great day. The sun shone and all the Scouting families [helped out in various ways]. The boys have painted signs, cooked sausages and helped to place and price the items.”
She said the boys’ contributions would go towards earning community service badges and demonstrated to them how good it felt to help others, while having fun along the way.
Mr Reardon, who was “blown away” by the support, would take badges and other Scouting items with him to share with the children they met over there. He was looking forward to sharing photos and stories of the trip with the boys when he got back so they could see how the money they raised helped others.
The trip, which the Reardons have self-funded, was in support of the Ruel Foundation, which was formed by New Zealander David Cowie following a trip to Eastern Samar, in the Philippines, in the 1990s. To date the foundation has, through the assistance of volunteers like the Reardons and other fundraising initiatives, helped people in the Philippines, Fiji and Vanuatu.