Swanley girl guider prepares for Russian adventure

PUBLISHED: 15:40 11 May 2011

Tracey Abegg will fly to Russia to take on a global girl-guiding experience

Tracey Abegg will fly to Russia to take on a global girl-guiding experience


A girl guide leader has won a golden opportunity to spread the movement’s message abroad.

Tracey Abegg, 26, from 1st Swanley will participate in the Guiding Overseas Linked with Development scheme, (GOLD) travelling with five other Girlguiding UK members to Russia this summer.

Flying out for three weeks in July, she will work on community development projects, improving her skills, and helping establish youth groups in the region.

She said: “I have never been to Russia and can’t wait to experience a culture that is new to me. GOLD represents what guiding is all about. It’s about breaking down barriers and supporting other while trying to have fun. We as a group are really hopeful we can achieve this during our time in Russia.”

The GOLD project began 20 years ago and is open to Girlguiding UK members between the ages of 17 and 30 with participants travelling as far afield as Honduras, Madagascar, Russia, South Africa and Thailand.

To fund the journey Miss Abegg raised £1600 through race nights, quiz nights and cake sales before being picked to take part in the project last month

She added: “I am so honoured to have been given the opportunity to be involved in such a unique and inspiring project like GOLD, particularly in its 20th year.”

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