Photography competition launched to help raise funds

August 24 2018
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TEENAGER Jemima Victory has set up a photography competition to raise funds for a development trip to Madagascar, the ninth poorest country in the world.

by Keri Beckingham

Jemima lives in St Andrews with her parents and two sisters, and attends Bristol Grammar School. The 15-year old is a member of the Phoenix Explorer Scouts, who meet at the 63rd Bristol hut near Sefton Park School.  Before that, she went to Brownies, then Scouts. 

As part of her involvement with the Explorer Scouts, Jemima successfully applied to be part of a volunteer expedition to Madagascar during July and August 2019. The three-week trip will involve 30 Explorer Scouts and 10 leaders helping to build the foundations of a Scout hut and toilet facilities, planting trees and assisting with local agriculture, as well as travelling to the capital Antananarivo to visit a boarding house for girls and women who are orphans, have suffered domestic abuse or have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Jemima needs to raise £2,800 to go on the trip, of which £300 will be a contribution towards the foundations for the Scout hut. 

As part of her fundraising efforts, Jemima has been babysitting, selling cakes and going to car boot sales. She has also set up a photography competition for the 63rd Bristol Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Guides, leaders and their families, with support from local photographer Barbara Evripidou. 

Speaking about her work with the Explorer Scouts and her fundraising activities, Jemima said: “I really enjoy being part of the Phoenix Explorer Scouts, as although lots of people treat it as a youth group, it actually teaches you values and general things you might need in everyday life. 

“I am also completing a Gold Arts Award, and as part of this I need to organise an event, so I thought a photography competition would fit in well with my fundraising too.   

“The competition has a theme of summer time and there are five categories for children in Years 1-2, 3-6, 7-11, and parents and leaders. Entry is open to anyone involved with the 63rd Bristol Scouting group, and I have been going and talking to the different groups to promote the competition and encourage people to enter.”  

The deadline for entry for the photography competition is Friday September 28, and the photos will then be displayed at the photography exhibition at the 63rd Bristol Scout hut on Saturday October 6 at 3pm. There will be a prize for the winner of each category and an entry fee of £1. There will also be a cake sale during the event, with all funds going towards Jemima’s fundraising target. 

To find out more, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jemimamadagascar19