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La Salle Guides are ready to lend a hand

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La Salle Sparks, Brownies and Guides are shown with Miss Teen Manitoba Alyssa Wyspianski after she gave an anti-bullying presentation to the group on Feb. 18.

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The 19 members of La Salle’s Sparks, Brownies and Guides group are taking action for a better world — just as the Guides vow to do at the start of each meeting.

Guide leader Jennifer Palichuk is proud of the way the girls, aged five to 12, are stepping up to help others less fortunate than themselves. They are now planning a shopping list for food items to buy and donate to Winnipeg Harvest. Along with their families, the La Salle area girls will travel to Winnipeg Harvest’s food distribution centre and pitch in for the evening on March 19.

"Already, this project has had a big impact on them," Palichuk said.

Later this spring, the Guides and their fathers will pick up saws and hammers to make eight or nine birdhouses to be donated to Winnipeg families who have recently moved into homes constructed for them through Habitat for Humanity.

Because the La Salle group often involves their mothers in activities, Palichuk said she and the other group leaders wanted to find a way to get fathers participating this year.

"We wanted to involve our dads," she said.

The group members recently heard an anti-bullying presentation given by Miss Teen Manitoba Alyssa Wyspianski. Palichuk said she knows the girls took the bullying awareness and prevention message to heart.

They also collected practical household items for a Christmas hamper donated to a local family whose home had burned.


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