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Girl Guides learn to deal with disasters thanks to the British Red Cross

22 May 2012

For immediate release  Tuesday 22 May, 2012
For further information  Sam Whitwham (
Contact number  0117 301 2624 or 07525 128 297

More than 100 Girl Guides from across Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire will take part in a disaster-simulation exercise when a fictional earthquake hits Chelwood campsite near Keynsham on Saturday.

The ‘Be Prepared’ day, organised by the British Red Cross, takes place on Saturday 26 May at the 1st Keynsham Scout Group camp. The special event mixes first aid training with leadership and team-building exercises teaching the Guides how the Red Cross responds to major disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.

The Guides will arrive at the campsite to find “Dunant Country” and its population of 100 million reeling from the effects of a major earthquake. They are then split into family groups and tasked to build shelters, establish water pipelines, perform first aid on the injured and find lost family members in order to survive and rebuild their stricken community.

Amy Binley, who teaches first aid to thousands of school children across the former Avon area through her project, Avonsafe, has organised a series of ‘Be Prepared’ days thanks to her links with Girlguiding UK, but this event is by far the largest.

She says: “We’ve hosted a couple of these days for local Guide groups at the Red Cross International warehouse in Warmley, which were really successful. The feedback was so positive that we decided to put on a much larger-scale event in Chelwood.

“We’ll show the young people what the Red Cross is all about and teach them how the organisation helps people in crisis situations such as earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters. They will have lots of fun but also learn a great deal in the process. We’ve even designed a badge for them to take away, to remind them of the day.”

The day-long disaster simulation exercise incorporates some of the humanitarian education teaching resources used by the Red Cross in schools to promote youth leadership, humanitarian values, and teach young people how to stay safe by learning first aid.

During the exercise the Girl Guides will find out how the British Red Cross responds immediately to emergencies both at home and overseas. From fires and floods in the UK to earthquakes and conflict around the world, the organisation is part of an international movement helping people cope in crisis situations.


Notes to editors

PHOTOCALL: If you would like to send a photographer along to this event please contact Sam Whitwham on the numbers at the top of this release.

The 1st Keynsham Scout Group Chelwood campsite is located half a mile from Chelwood on the A368. For information on the day of the event, please call Amy Binley on 07739 249 072.

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The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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