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Girls Explorers working towards their ‘Global Issues Activity Badge’, they spent the session being creative and building prototype shelters out of cardboard, they hope to rebuild them in the summer and sleep in them to understand some of the challenges faced by the homeless community in order to complete part of this badge.
Mashallah four of our Beavers did us proud and achieved the Chief scout Bronze Award, the highest Award in their Section. The Leaders work tirelessly to provide a balanced program over two years and provide every Beavers the opportunity to achieve the Bronze Award.
However, to actually achieve this award the Beaver have to attend all the sessions and positively contribute in order to achieve the Six Challenge Badges and four activity or staged badges.
This requires a lot of commitment and motivation from 6-8 year olds, So a really huge well done to the Beavers who achieved their Bronze Award at the Ceremony in Gilwell Park. We are all very proud of you and hope you go on to achieve your Silver Chief Scout Award in the Cubs Section.
7th Goodmayes Explorers, Muhammad Islam and Ayesha Karim were awarded the prestigious Jack Petchey Award for outstanding services to Scouting last night. The Award Ceremony took place at Sir James Hawkey Hall and the selfless work of many Scouts and their Leaders was celebrated. Muhammad and Ayesha spend much of their spare time volunteering at their Scout Group, helping run sessions for younger sections.
On Saturday 25th March 2017, 7th Goodmayes took to the streets of Redbridge and walked from Gardens of Peace in Hainult to Al Madina Masjid in Barking, to raise money for Human Appeal and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
This was the tenth anniversary of our annual sponsored walk which we started in 2007, and have raised over £25K for numerous charities.
Along the route they stopped off at various masjids, including South Woodford Masjid, Gants Hill Masjid, Redbridge Masjid, Ilford Masjid and Islamic Society (Balfour Road), Seven Kings Masjid, Al-Ansar Centre and Ilford Islamic Centre Masjid (Albert Road).
Our special thanks to all those who made the day possible, from Scout Leaders, parent volunteers, custodians of the Masjids, who allowed us to rest and pray, and the proprietor of Garden of Peace who gave a very emotional speech as well as a representative of Human Appeal who encouraged the children to engage in acts of charities for those less fortunate than themselves.
Finally, a big thanks to all out children who walked the whole day to raise money for our chosen charities. Thank you all.
VOLUNTEERING FOR THE HOMELESS COLLECTION CAMPAIGN DECEMBER 2017
By Sana Ali – Age 13 – Proud member of 7th Goodmayes Scout Group
“Whosoever alleviates the difficulties of a needy person, Allah will alleviate his difficulties in both this world and the Hereafter.” (Muslim)
It was early on a cold and crisp Saturday morning that we arrived at the Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery. There are many ways to spend a weekend and what better way to spend it than volunteering to sort out clothes and food to give to homeless people in our local area? After all, ‘charity begins at home’.
We were all excited and had untiring enthusiasm to help the homeless people and so we managed to crack on with the task despite the cold weather. When we arrived, there was a whole room full of bags and another room full of food! We anticipated that it would take the whole day to sort everything out, but because of all of our efforts put together and Allah’s help, we finished in one and a half hour, and still had another half an hour to spare, in which we took advantage of the free coffee, tea and biscuits that were provided for us J and having a blast of a time! The staff member Brother Omar congratulated us on our completion and made lots of Dua for us to benefit from our efforts in this world and the hereafter. He was impressed because he had not expected us to complete the task so effectively and efficiently. Another record broken by 7th Goodmayes Scout Group! We felt uplifted and eager to do more to help people who are less fortunate than ourselves and we intend to do this whenever the opportunity arises again. Volunteering is an excellent thing, and a lot can be gained out of it. As well as helping people, it also helps us to appreciate what we have and be grateful to Allah for all of his blessings. After all, when signing up as scouts we made a promise and we must keep to it:
|In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to Allah and to the country in which I live
to help other people and to keep the Scout Law
…and so we did! May Allah help us to uphold our promise and translate it into good deeds for ever and ever and ever! Ameen.