About six years ago, the First Kiama Scouts began making bags filled with basic items to give children in remote rural communities of Peru a higher level of hygiene.
To date, the group has sent over 1000 bags to Peru.
“This was achieved with the assistance of some amazing people and more than 300 hours of work,” First Kiama Scouts member Roslyn Gorman said.
Recently, the scouts were presented with ‘Messenger of Peace’ badges by Kiama MP Gareth Ward, Cr Neil Reilly and Scouts NSW district commissioner, Jarratt Hogarth in recognition of their contributions.
Group leader, Greg Crofts, also initiated Mr Ward into First Kiama Scouts in recognition of his support, and a presentation was made to the knitters and sewers – Debbie Gibson, Linda Bartrim, Anne Mottram and Louise Macinante.
Other guests for the evening included MP Ann Sudmalis, who also pledged support for the project and will be contributing items, and Hilton and Jan Bloomfield, who instigated the first round of bags after they had visited Cusco, Peru as volunteers.