Rangers gather for festive winter fundraiser

Proceeds go to guide dog charity

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Youngsters warmed up their vocal chords for four-legged friends when they gathered for a festive fundraiser on Sunday.

The Christmas carol session was organised by Rangers at the Scout Celtic Hut in Neihaischen in aid of Luxembourg guide dog association“Chiens d'aveugles au Luxembourg” as part of a community award.

Altogether more than 90 people, including Guides, Brownies, Rainbows and British Ambassador to Luxembourg Alice Walpole, braved thick snow to step into the idyllic setting for music, mulled wine and home-made cakes.

“Everyone thought they had come to a Winter Wonderland,” explained Rangers leader Becky Gollackner. The leader had the idea to support the guide dog association after a family friend, who was blinded by a tumour, recently received a guide dog. “I saw how much it meant to him and I know how much they cost to train,” she said, explaining that the cost of training a guide dog can range between 15,000 and 18,000 euros and the training can take up to two years.

Sunday's fundraiser included a gift stall selling tealight holders made by the Rainbows and tie-dyed bags and scarves made by Rangers. Altogether, the day helped to raise 650 euros, 350 of which will be donated to the guide dogs association.

The Brownies are currently seeking new volunteers to help with their sessions on Thursdays at the International School. At the same time, the Rangers are looking to recruit new members. The group is open to 14 to 16-year-olds. You do not need to have been a Guide to participate.

To find out more about either opportunities, please email dcluxembourg@gmail.com

Click here to find out more about Guide Dogs.