Two years of fundraising to send five young scouts to represent Laois and Offaly in Japan this summer, is complete following a successful fashion show in Mountmellick earlier this month.
The five enthusiastic scouts will be the only representatives at the World Jamboree from Slieve Bloom Scouts, which covers Laois, Offaly and Tipperary.
Over €3,200 was raised from the fashion show in Mountmellick Sports Complex, bringing the total fundraised to €13,500.
“There is a shortfall of €800 each which their parents will cover. We had a brilliant turnout for the fashion show, nearly 300 people sitting down. Margaret Bradford was the backbone of it. She suggested doing it, we organised it, then the parents came on board. We are so happy with the support we got since we started fundraising in 2013, everything we did, people helped out,” said cub leader Annette Dwyer.
She is flying out with the five teens along with scout leader Winnie Feighery, both paying their own fares. Once on site the scouts will fend for themselves, joining with the Galteemore troop to camp for a fortnight, while interacting in events and competitions with scouts from all over the world. The two leaders will be working elsewhere on the giant site.
In their third week, they will reunite to climb Mount Fuji and visit Hiroshima.
“It’s going to be unreal. It’s not a place you would think of going on holidays. I know they will do us proud. They have been in scouts since they were cubs, and they are all fully prepared,” said Annette.
The five are Kathleen Dwyer aged 14, Hannah O’Reilly, Thomas McRedmond, Richard Maher and Adam Black, all aged 15.