Two charities that support and train young islanders will be receiving money from this year's Boat Show, helping them develop their programmes and, "make a real difference for young people" in the island.
Girlguiding Jersey and Jersey Scouts have been selected by Barclays, the Boat Show's main sponsor, and each will receive an equal split of donations raised by the weekend fundraising activities, which will include the return of the popular ‘Hook a Duck’ game.
Since 2010 over £80,000 has been raised for local charities at the Barclays Jersey Boat Show. This year's event, which takes place 4 May to 6 May, is hoping to help make a difference for young islanders by supporting two charities that gives them the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.
Girlguiding Jersey, which is celebrating its centenary this year, provides a space for girls and young women where they can be themselves, have fun, enjoy outdoor adventures and gain valuable life skills, while Jersey Scouts supports and trains young people in Jersey.
Barclays the event’s lead sponsor, chose the charities after a thorough selection process. The bank's Managing Director in Jersey, Paul Savery, said: “We are proud to sponsor our tenth Jersey Boat Show as well as support two fantastic charities that together help 1,600 young members develop important life skills.
“We hope the funds raised at this year’s Boat Show can make a real difference to the young people in Jersey.”
Michele Peace, Island Commissioner for Girlguiding Jersey, said: "We have wonderful plans to support our members in our centenary year. The donations will go towards new resources for our exciting new programme for girls aged five to 18. We will also be able to offer support for members aged 14+ who would like to have the opportunity to travel abroad.”
The charity is also planning a special celebration for its "dedicated team of volunteers who co-ordinate events, support our members and put countless hours in behind the scenes.”
Glen Militis, the Scout's Island Commissioner, said: “Thanks to the Barclays Jersey Boat Show, we will be able to develop our programme to prepare more young people with skills for life and improve the support we provide to the amazing leaders who deliver inspiring programmes to our young members.
“We run fun, challenging and adventurous activities for a range of age groups and interests, and we are always looking for more young people to take part as well as the volunteers to support them. The donation will allow us to promote our organisation to new youth members, leaders and volunteers.”
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