Brandon Woods has spent the last three months busking at the Howard markets to raise his fare for the 2010 Scout Jamboree.
Brandon Woods has spent the last three months busking at the Howard markets to raise his fare for the 2010 Scout Jamboree.

Busking makes jamboree possible

BRANDON Woods might not know that today’s Aussie dollar is worth 71 cents but he does now realise that every coin counts when it comes to earning a buck.

Local market goers would have noticed the 11-year-old Dundowran boy busking with his violin at just about every Urangan, Howard and Nikenbah event over the past 12 months.

The Craignish scout has spent hundreds of hours playing in front of market crowds to raise $2000 to pursue his dream of attending the 22nd Australian Scouts Jamboree in January.

Teaching Brandon the value of money was an important exercise according to his proud dad Adam Woods, who believes his son will now appreciate the trip tenfold after pulling his own strings to get there.

“We could have paid for him to go but we wanted to teach him about saving money.

“I think it has taught him a lot. He now knows that if he wants something he can work for it,” Mr Woods said.

“He has been really, really keen to go. It’s a pretty big thing.”

Mr Woods said the determined youngster had been playing the violin for two and a half years. He placed second in Hervey Bay’s Got Talent Quest in 2008 and was awarded the judges’ choice at this year’s event, which leaves no doubt that his market fans were kept in awe.

“A lot of kids would just stand there and watch him for ages.

“It’s amazing how many people gave him money – even little kids.

“We really thank everyone for helping out with donations.”

Brandon will be one of 12,000 scouts and leaders who will converge on Cataract Park in Sydney from January 4 for the two-week-long camp.
 


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