KENSINGTON – Kensington Town Council will be looking to assist the Kensington Pathfinders in their dream trip to England.
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Juanita Boucher, local Girl Guides leader, outlines a trip planned by the Kensington Pathfinders to London, England, in the summer.
Juanita Boucher, local Girl Guides leader, outlined to council, Monday night, the efforts the girls have put into raising the necessary funding to make the trip.
She said England was chosen as the site because of the ties it has with Canada, and the Town of Kensington.
We decided the perfect place to visit would be London, England,” she said. “Not only do we have Island roots there but also the Town of Kensington as well. We would like to travel as goodwill ambassadors to London, not only representing Canada and Prince Edward Island but also the Town of Kensington.”
A group of 12, nine girls and three leaders, will make the trip. Eleven are from the Kensington area.
“We will be spending eight days in London in August,” Boucher said. “We will be seeing sites in London. Some of the sites we’ll visit are Kensington Palace, the British Museum, the National History Museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral, British parliament, Big Ben, Princess Diana Memorial Pool, Stonehenge and many more.”
The cost for each girl is approximately $2,300. Each adult will be $2,400. Members are required to pay a portion of the trip. Each person will be responsible for $700, leaving about $18,000 to be fundraised.
“We have raised a little over $15,000 since April of 2013 doing spaghetti dinners, french fries, bake sales, hot dog sales,” Boucher said. “There will be a lot more fundraising coming over the summer.”
The next fundraising event will take place on March 29.
“We will be holding a three-course meal with a live auction at the Kensington Legion with the Scotiabank matching all ticket sales,” Boucher said. “We have 154 tickets and we now have 26 tickets left. And we have about $5,000 worth of items to auction off.
We’re Girl Guides and we’re not afraid of a little hard work. We’re creative in getting the job done. The girls have showed nothing but dedication and enthusiasm to go on this trip.”
“We’ve been very successful in our fundraising efforts but added expenses have become apparent,” she said.
Council will decide its level of assistance at the next monthly council meeting in April.