Girl Guides Australia's annual Biscuit Drive is taking place in May with hundreds of girls setting up biscuit stalls to fundraise for their Guiding activities.
Last weekend many Illawarra Girl Guides sold biscuits at Bunnings Bellambi and North Wollongong and Kiama Village shopping centre..
Proceeds will go to help fund programs and activities that empower girls, develop leadership and valuable life skills, boost confidence and help them to reach their full potential in life.
Girl Guides unit leader Leonie Bishop, of Kiama, said more than 200 girls from units throughout the Illawarra were out selling biscuits this month during the 99th year of the Girl Guiding movement. Which means 2020's biscuit drive will coincide with a big celebration.
When people from the community buy Girl Guides biscuits, they are essentially buying into Australia's future female leadersGirl Guides Chief commissioner Rosemary Derwin
Chief commissioner Rosemary Derwin said being one of the largest organisations in the country open to girls and young women from all backgrounds, cultures and religions, Girl Guides Australia provided informal learning programs, fun adventures, international travel, camps, outings and national events to its members.
"When people from the community buy Girl Guides biscuits, they are essentially buying into Australia's future female leaders. The public may feel like they are simply buying a delicious biscuit but it is important for the broader community to realise the impact of their support," she said.
Ms Derwin said all the profits from biscuit sales fund programs that respond to the issues affecting Australian girls and young women, including promoting women in leadership, financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to increase gender diversity in future workplaces, awareness against body image stereotypes and gender-based violence.
"Ultimately, our annual Biscuit Drive is a celebration of the diversity, confidence, empowerment and friendship of Girl Guides, which is a platform the whole community can rally behind," she said.
The biscuit range includes traditional vanilla biscuits, buttery shortbread gluten-free and mini chocolate chip biscuit with real chocolate. They can also be purchased from local Girl Guides units.
The hashtag for anyone who buys biscuits and wants to let the community know about the annual biscuit drive on social media is #MoreThanABiscuit.