Great Guide Sleepover 2018: sequins, smiles & sea-turtles

25 AUGUST 2018
The Great Guide Sleepover is Girl Guides NSW & ACT's  premier fundraising event. Funds raised help support Taronga Conservation Society and Girl Guides NSW & ACT. With over 850 attendees we raised nearly $40,000 for both organisations. Our animal focus this year was the Green (Sea) Turtle and Sally the Sea Turtle Mascot says thank you again for all the hard work and support for this event!
This year we teamed up with TOMRA and Take 3 for the Sea to highlight the importance of environmental awareness, recycling, and protecting our oceans from litter. A big thank you from TOMRA and Take 3 for the Sea for all the Guides who provided questions and suggestions on the day for the environment. They were overwhelmed with the positive response and how many Guides were already doing their bit for the environment, picking up litter and recycling via the Return and Earn scheme. 
Congratulations especially to the Richmond Guide Unit who did all their fundraising through the Return and Earn scheme. If your Unit would like to find out more about how to fundraise please email TOMRA or fill in an application form at to be a local donation partner on your reverse vending machine.
TOMRA and Take 3 from the Sea showed short films on the night, which you can watch above. Taronga's own Kate recorded a message for Girl Guides about Taronga's Litter Free Ocean campaign, watch her message below. 

Dr. Ricky Spencer, head of WildLab and Associate Professor of Ecology at Western Sydney University shared his knowledge of turtles as well as provided an interactive take home Unit activity. Watch Ricky's video from the event below, watch out for Turtle Month Challenge in November and log your turtle sightings into
Finally, thank you again to our fabulous event committee and volunteers who make this event possible: 
  • Carol Peterson, LIC 
  • Elizabeth Baker, First Aid 
  • Leisa Evans, Security 
  • Jenny Duffus, Security 
  • And the entire hot water team! 
Save the date for next year—24 August 2019. We hope to see you then!