Devil of a time for former Girl Guides

MORE than 200 Australian and international members of the Trefoil Guild recently converged in Hobart for the 23rd Biennial Gathering.

The Trefoil Guild is an adult section of Girl Guides which allows women who can no longer be Guides to belong to the movement simply by making their pledge, whether they have formerly been Guides or not.

As part of the ‘Have a Devil of a Time’ theme, University of Tasmania PhD candidate David Hamilton spoke to the women about the plight of Tasmanian Devils.

As a result of the speech, the Guild donated $1000 to the Devils in Danger Foundation (DIDF) Inc.

The official cheque presentation took place at Girl Guides Tasmania in Bellerive on 29 June.

Devils in Danger chief administrative officer Elyshia Wignell said the money would go toward funding the leading Tasmanian Devil researcher and the first scientist to discover Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

“This generous donation from the Australian Trefoil Guild will go directly towards our next donation to Menna Jones and her vital research on Tasmanian Devils that remain in the wild,” she said.

“In particular, this donation will help support Menna’s Tasmanian Devil research on the Freycinet Peninsula – a study that has been running since 1999 and represents the longest data and sample set for Devils, and one of the longest runs of data for the study of any emerging disease globally.”

Other guest speakers included conceptual artist Dr Christina Henri, dietician and nutritionist Ngaire Hobbins and Boronia Trefoil Guild member Vicki Norris.

The official guests for the weekend included the Governor, Her Excellency, The Honourable Professor and Patron of Guides Tasmania Kate Warner, chief commissioner of Girl Guides Australia Rosemary Derwin and state commissioner of Girl Guides Tasmania Joanne Folder.

The DIDF is a not-for-profit organisation to raise funds and awareness about Tasmanian Devils and to guard against their extinction.

Caption: Leonie Howard, left, presents a cheque for $1000 to Elyshia Wignell, Devils in Danger Foundation chief administrative officer.