Local Scouts well prepared for Moree on a Plate donation

THE Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival earlier this year was not just an opportunity to promote the region and its produce, but also a chance to inject valuable funds into the local economy.

Part of this contribution includes a generous donation on behalf of the committee to a local organisation of choice – and the Moree Scouts is this year’s nominated beneficiary.

A sum of $3500 was recently donated to Moree Scouts, the proceeds of this year’s Moree on a Plate Raffle, made up of good and services kindly donated by local businesses.

Local horticulture business, Grove Juice, also very generously donated its full Moree on a Plate stall takings, which added to the contribution.

Moree on a Plate president Bethany Kelly said the committee was thrilled to donate such a worthwhile sum to the local scouts’ movement, which has, and will hopefully continue to be, such an institution across Australia.

“We are so lucky to have such a strong scout group here in Moree and hopefully this money will come in very handy,” Mrs Kelly said.

Moree Scouts’ group leader Brendan Kross said he was extremely grateful for the donation, with the funding extremely timely.

“We have just moved into new premises at 233 Balo Street, which requires some pretty major work, so this money will come in very handy,” Mr Kross said.

(from left) Moree on a Plate’s Penny Holliday, Clare Merrifield and Sandra Squires with Moree Scouts chairperson Lauren Townsend and group leader Brendan Kross.

Scouts Moree is looking to strengthen its footprint, and while it currently enjoys membership including eight joeys, eight cubs and six scouts, Mr Kross said anyone looking to join the club was more than welcome.

“Scouts is a great way to meet new people, join in a vibrant club and learn valuable skills in the meantime,” Mr Kross said.

Joey membership is for five- to eight-year-olds; cub membership for eight- to 11-year-olds; and scout membership for 12- to 15-year-olds.

With a focus on life skills including bush craft and survival skills, Scouts is as practical as it is fun.

“Basically, we can cover any skills the kids would like to learn, we’ve got a fantastic team environment and culture and while there are lots of laughs along the way our group learns vital skills that will help equip them well throughout their lives,” Mr Kross said.

Moree on a Plate also thanked Grove Juice for generously donating it’s takings from the festival to the Scouts.

“Each year Grove Juice contributes to our donation which is extremely thoughtful and kind,” Mrs Kelly said.

“We are so lucky to have such wonderful producers in our district, dedicated to ensuring the vibrancy of our community.”

Words and Image: Georgina Poole