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Still a girl at heart

CREMORNE resident Anne Crummy, pictured, has lived an adventurous life, proving age is no barrier to volunteering and giving back to the community.

Joining Girl Guides as an eight-year-old in 1962, Mrs Crummy instantly fell in love with getting in touch with the outdoors and the challenges that came with guiding.

“As a child, there weren’t the activities that there are today,” Mrs Crummy said.

“Guiding was new in the community and was held on a Saturday morning very near my home.

“I loved the magic of the stories, the structure of the program and the challenges.”

Following coming of age, Mrs Crummy took a break from guiding to pursue other endeavours – travelling extensively, joining the Royal Australian Air Force, marrying and having a family.

In 1997, she rejoined Girl Guides after being asked to be a guide leader in Ulverstone.

“My daughter had recently joined Guides, so I took up the opportunity and loved it,” Mrs Crummy said.

She is now the national outdoor activities manager for Girl Guides Australia.

“It’s a privilege to take the girls to camp and spend a weekend with them, so they have the chance to do things they wouldn’t be able to do normally,” she said.

“We offer really adventurous activities to the girls such as abseiling, caving, hiking, canyoning and white water rafting.”

Mrs Crummy said Girl Guides helped boost the confidence of young women, giving them opportunities to make friendships and develop leadership skills.

“Guiding is an amazing opportunity for girls’ personal development – they get to go outside and camp, take risks in a safe environment and learn new things,” she said.

“What keeps me there is the connections you make, I’ve made friends all around Australia and the world through guiding.”

Girl Guides has recently been rallying public support by selling its iconic biscuits to help fund programs and activities that empower girls by helping them gain valuable life skills and reach their full potential in life.

Mrs Crummy said one of her favourite memories of guiding was when they first started selling Girl Guides biscuits in Tasmania in 1965, when a packet cost 20 cents.

“We piled my father’s trailer with tons of biscuits and drove all around the neighbourhood selling them – it was so much fun and a great success,” she said.

“More recently, I have focused on the outdoor and environmental component of guiding being the national voice for the state outdoor activities managers.”

Along with guiding, Mrs Crummy has volunteered for many other organisations and associations in her local community – a value instilled by her parents.

This has included being involved with playgroups, school fundraising committees, the school library, as well as helping with archiving at Calvary Hospital.

She also volunteered with the Ulverstone Basketball Association for 20 years and is currently acting as secretary of the Cremorne Coastcare Group after wanting to get involved in the coastal suburb when she moved back down there three years ago.

“You get so much out of volunteering – you get to meet new people, become part of and support your community,” Mrs Crummy said.

“It’s knowing you’re making a difference in some small way, and just by supporting somebody you’re making that difference.”

For more information on Girl Guides Tasmania, visit www.guidestas.org.au.