Guides offer tasty way to help Nepalese earthquake survivors
A DEADLY earthquake is bringing little girls from two continents together.
Sweet tooths across the Northern Region will munch through about 480 packets of biscuits in May as the district's Girl Guides raise some dough for their Nepalese counterparts.
The area's Guides will send all money raised from biscuit sales to Nepal where a devastating earthquake in April killed almost 8000 people.
The fundraiser usually helps keep the region's Guide huts operating as well as paying for activities and helping disadvantaged girls join the movement.
Costing $3 each, the original packet has 18 biscuits, there are 15 in a packet of chocolate biscuits and 35 in the chocolate minis packet.
"A decision was made that funds raised this year will support our sister Guides - known as Scouts - in Nepal," Lismore region leader Jacqueline Scutt said.
Saturday, May 16, is National Biscuit Day.
Girl Guides started selling biscuits in Australia about 57 years ago.
The organisation expects Australians to eat about 13 million bickies this year.
Cadbury Schweppes Hudson made the original biscuit recipe and the only thing that has changed in more than 50 years is the company that produces them.
Every Guide who sells the product in May and June will earn a badge acknowledging her involvement in the fundraiser.
Girl Guides Australia CEO Kit McMahon said every cent of the $1.7 million raised by the country's 30,000 Guides and leaders through biscuit sales was an investment in guiding's future.
"Girl Guides learn a range of what we call life skills - this includes anything from being respectful and courteous through to body confidence and resilience," Ms McMahon said.
"We also have Guides learning about living and camping in the outdoors, abseiling, first aid and their capacity to make the world a better place.
"Our Guides have a world view in that they know that they are a part of a world movement.
"They are skilled at advocating for issues that are of concern to them."
- APN NEWSDESK