An Ice-cream for the Chief
In 1958, Australian Guides came up with an idea which apparently gave Olave
much pleasure for many years.
Any member of Guiding who wished to give the Chief
a gift was encouraged to deny herself an ice-cream, about five cents, and instead send the few
cents saved to a central fund.
It was meant as a once-off gift from Australian Guiding to
their Chief. The first such gift was made to her at a small function at Olave
House in London. She was delighted and touched, and wrote, "Never, never have I
had a more wonderful surprise."
Over the years thousands of dollars found their way into the
Chief's bank account to be spent any way she wished. Her first such wish
resulted in special translations of Guide manuals to Spanish-speaking countries
in South America. Later servings of 'ice-cream' were special doors and windows
for Guide buildings all over the world, made by Olave in the name of Australian
Guiding, particularly to those places where she laid a foundation stone or
performed the official opening.