Lithgow Girl Guides spend a night under the stars at Toronga Zoo

From Back: Lena Parks, Mikayla Hutchison, Sam Winks, Tabitha Sheppeard, Kayley Winks, Violet Stolk and Jamie Zeizinger. Front: Guide leaders Francie Laurenson, Cheryl Rutherford and Lainey Holmes. Picture: SUPPLIED.
From Back: Lena Parks, Mikayla Hutchison, Sam Winks, Tabitha Sheppeard, Kayley Winks, Violet Stolk and Jamie Zeizinger. Front: Guide leaders Francie Laurenson, Cheryl Rutherford and Lainey Holmes. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Lithgow Girl Guides spent a night sleeping under the stars at Toronga Zoo for the annual state event ‘The Great Guides sleepover’ on Saturday, August 25. 

The girls were tasked with putting together their own bedrolls and working out which non-perishable items they could take for dinner. 

The Lithgow girls and their guide leaders made special green beanies for the event. 

A fundraiser which the guides set up at Woolworths helped them pay for their trip to the zoo. 

“A portion of the money also went to the save the sea turtles fundraiser,” Lithgow Girl Guides leader Cheryl Rutherford said. 

Each year the event has been hosted at the Taronga Zoo. Guides select an animal to support, with money going towards the Taronga Conservation Society.

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The state event saw the girls interacting with other Guides from around NSW and the ACT in a bid to raise awareness about the environment. 

The girls learnt about environmental waste and the impact it is having on the Earth, as well as about the charity ‘Save the sea turtles’. 

The girls also attended a disco, watched a movie, viewed the zoo and got to attend a seal show for guides only. 

The girls travelled via train, ferry and lift, which were all modes of transport that most of the girls hadn’t been on before, according to Mrs Rutherford.  

“The girls were so excited and had a great adventure,” she said.