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18 October 2009 - Centenary BIG GIG goes off with a bang!

Girlguiding Centenary BIG GIG goes off with a bang as Guides celebrate Changing the World.

Girls from across the country witnessed some of the UK's top music acts performing at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday (17 October) at Girlguiding's Centenary BIG GIG.

Pixie Lott, Tinchy Stryder, Scouting For Girls, The Saturdays, The Noisettes, JLS and Alexandra Burke wowed the 'girl-only' audience at the exclusive event for Guides, all aged ten and above. The event was hosted by children's TV favourites Sam and Mark.

As well as the chance to see and hear their favourite music acts, the girls were also celebrating their own fantastic achievements at Wembley Arena.

During the event, Pixie Lott – herself a former Rainbow and Brownie – announced to the Wembley crowd that almost 300,000 guiding members from across the country had helped to raise over £750,000 via Girlguiding's Changing the World project over the past 12 months.

The project, which worked alongside 19 partner organisations, saw girls and young women raise money and awareness through different activities designed to help guiding members think about making a difference and ultimately change the world.

As well as raising funds, Changing the World activities included planting trees for the Woodland Trust, donating socks to the homeless charity Crisis and organising 'Friendship parties' in support of the Mental Health Foundation.

Pixie Lott said: 'Changing the World - that's some dream! But this Girlguiding project shows that lots of small actions - some from some very small people - can add up to big change, not only for the 19 partner charities and the people they help but for the 300,000 girls taking part too.

'An awesome achievement - and I just know from my days in Brownies that a lot of fun will have been had on the way while the girls have learnt about some of the big issues facing the world today, like poverty and climate change - and of course they've raised a lot of money too.'

A total of 23,000 girls witnessed two spectacular performances which came just six weeks after Girlguiding launched its Centenary celebrations.

Girlguiding Chief Guide, Liz Burnley, added: 'The Centenary BIG GIG is just one of a number of exciting opportunities open to Guides across the UK. It is also a great example of Girlguiding's modern, vibrant and exciting programme, while projects like Changing the World show just how guiding continues to be led by the ambitions and needs of the girls of the day.'

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