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Girlguiding member in the Highlands gets gold award


By Val Sweeney

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Eva Baijal and Susan Mulligan.
Eva Baijal and Susan Mulligan.

A Girlguiding member in Inverness has completed tasks from DIY to outdoor art to achieve the highest award as a Ranger.

Eva Baijal (15), of 1st Cradlehall Rangers, has been presented with her Gold Award after completing most of her tasks during the coronavirus lockdown,

"I am so excited to be achieving my Gold Award and it all seems to have happened so fast!" she said.

Eva, who has been in guiding for nine years, is also a young leader at a Rainbows unit.

"Girlguiding gives you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, great experiences, a safe space to be yourself and to make a positive impact on others," she said.

To achieve the Gold Award for Rangers – for girls aged between 14 and 18 – Eva completed activities such as reading maps, first aid, learning about different cultures plus demonstrating leadership skills with an activity to support her local community.

The group’s leader, Susan Mulligan said it was a great achievement.

"Myself and the other Rangers leaders are immensely proud of Eva for completing her Rangers Gold Award, especially as she has completed most of it independently whilst we have been in lockdown," she said.

"It is a great achievement and has been a big commitment. I’m sure this is something she’ll look back on with pride for years to come."

As guiding groups adapt to the new coronavirus restrictions, the charity’s volunteers are committed to deliver guiding in new and innovative ways so that they can continue to keep connected and empower girls and young women.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, or knows someone who would like to join Girlguiding, should go to

www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved.

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