A Levenmouth woman who has dedicated over two decades of her life to encouraging little girls to flourish has been rewarded.
Christine Rae started the Kennoway Rainbows group 21 years ago, and also helped to set up the East Wemyss outfit as well.
I keep doing it because of the satisfaction you get from seeing the bairns enjoying themselvesChristine Rae
Always looking to boost the fortunes of the group, which meets in the Sandybrae Community Centre in Kennoway, Christine applied for a ‘Local Heroes’ grant from her employer, Sainsbury’s.
“Sainsbury’s do a magazine, and they had a wee write-up in their about it,” said Christine, who has been with the supermarket since it opened in Leven 17 years ago, and works in the petrol station.
“It said if you did charity work you could apply, so I thought I would give it a try.”
Christine was delighted when she found out last month that she and the Rainbows had been awarded £200, which will go towards a special summer treat.
“We’re going to have a summer trip this year and that money will help with the cost of a bus.
“We didn’t actually have a trip last year, because we couldn’t afford to do it, so the girls will be absolutely over the moon about this.”
Christine added: “It can be a bit hard asking the parents for money for these kinds of things – some of them have two or three kids in Rainbows and the Brownies – so this is a big help.”
Christine said she loves what she does and can’t believe it has been so long. “There are the wee ones of the girls I first saw, and I see them coming into the petrol station with their babies now.
“But I keep doing it because of the satisfaction you get from seeing the bairns enjoying themselves.
“We like to encourage them to make their own decisions and what they would like to do – all the activites at the group.
“And it’s great to see them moving on to the Brownies and the Guides, with some of them even becoming guide leaders too.”
Christine told the Mail that Rainbows and Brownies are a great place for young girls to grow their confidence, and an excellent way to make new friends.
“When they come along, there will be the ones who have been coming a little longer or might be a bit older, so they can learn from them and they make a lot of wee friends.”
David Little, deputy store manager in Leven, said: “For many years, we’ve been aware of Christine’s invovlement with the Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows.
“Sainsbury’s Leven has supported Christine and her charity work through our nominated charity of the year for 2013-14.
“Sainsbury’s continues to work around Christine’s commitments to her charities and we’re very proud of her dedication to local communities.”