GFS World Council Jane Cairns

I had never been to a GFS World Council before this year, so when I got news about having been chosen to be Junior Delegate for Ireland I was overjoyed and couldn’t wait to get to Dublin. Having been a member of GFS since I was four, I had always heard so much about the exciting trips fellow diocesan members had made to previous World Councils and I had always hoped I could attend one sometime too. What better opportunity to start attending World Councils than in my own country!? And what a great time was had by all!

I was so surprised how much I felt at home when I settled in at World Council. I soon realised that GFS is such a close knit ‘family’ even with members thousands of miles away from each other, and the challenges of culture and language differences. We are all joined together by and worship the same God which is something so precious to share with friends all around the world.

One of the most interesting parts of World Council was when we all met to discuss various matters in GFS. It was great to see how women and girls from all over the world could make good decisions that will further enhance the futures of world GFS. On many occasions we felt ‘challenged’ to make a ‘change’, which proved our themed very appropriate.

Aside from all the important meetings we had many opportunities to have lots of fun doing other activities such as visiting the beautiful Powerscourt and Glendalough, a sightseeing tour of Dublin, a visit to the Zoo, a spot of shopping, and of course you can’t come to Ireland without a good old bit of Irish Dancing! I felt these were great opportunities just to relax and get to know everyone a little bit more.

Another highlight of mine has to be the International day. It was so great to see so many girls from all across Ireland coming to meet together and having lots of fun!

I will never forget my experiences at World Council, Ireland 2011. It was such a privilege to attend as Junior Delegate and to be part of such an amazing event and to have met so many wonderful people. Many memories have been made and great friendships gained. I can’t wait to see everyone again in Wales in 2014!

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