Ukraine Crisis Letter

18th March, 2022

To the Girl Guiding community across Australia,

From our safe haven of Australia, we have been watching the crisis in Ukraine. Our hearts go to all those impacted including our sister Girl Guides and their families in Ukraine at this very difficult time.

WAGGGS has launched an emergency appeal to support the relief efforts for those who are urgently in need of assistance.  Funds raised will support other Member Organisations around Ukraine who are directly responding to the crisis and provide other humanitarian support in response to this emergency.

If you would like to show your support of our Girl Guiding sisters by contributing to the appeal, Girl Guides Australia is collecting funds on behalf of those in Australia. All funds contributed will be transferred to WAGGGS for distribution as required.

Included below are the details of the Girl Guides Australia bank account specifically being used to receive contributions. Please include your name in the details.


Account name:    Girl Guides Australia

BSB:                        032 023

Account number: 429 826


Please note, any contribution made is not eligible to be considered as a tax-deductible donation as the funds are not being used to support Girl Guiding in Australia.

Support currently being offered by our Girl Guiding sisters includes:

  • Our Girl Guiding sisters in Poland, Czech Republic and Latvia have been assisting refugees at border crossings by distributing essential supplies. Other relief efforts include adapting Guiding and Scouting centres and offering heated rooms, bedding and hygiene supplies to those who urgently need this support.
  • Latvijas Skauti un Gaidas have created a ‘tea spot’ at the support centre for refugees in Riga. Together with other volunteers they are providing hot drinks. There are cartoons on the big screen for the children, while the parents are dealing with documents and the state institutions. There is a restaurant and bar providing warm soup. It is a small sanctuary for those fleeing, whilst they prepare for the next steps of their journey.
  • Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego-ZHP (The Polish Scout and Guide Association) are involved directly at the Polish/Ukrainian border and have started a “Parcel for Refugees” campaign, with dedicated volunteers collecting, sorting and transporting packages to all the places where help is needed throughout the country.

With your support, our Member Organisations neighbouring Ukraine will be able to continue supporting in every way they can.

For further information and updates on the support being offered please refer to:
WAGGGS Emergency Appeal (Ukraine Crisis)

With every best wish


Rosemary Derwin                                                                      Kate Alcorso
Chief Commissioner                                                                 Chair
Girl Guides Australia                                                                 Girl Guides Australia



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