A rewarding experience – from bush to beach
Reward week culminates in award ceremony
FOUR members of the PCYC Emergency Services Biggenden cadets group have just experienced the best week of their lives at the first rewards week in Brisbane.
Leader Moira Thompson, along with cadets Fiona Gethings, Kayla Flanagan and Geoff Imhoff, were recognised as among the top 18 in the state after volunteering more than 140 hours each in their communities of Biggenden and Gayndah.
All four said the week was awesome, especially learning and experiencing all the activities with the various emergency services personnel. Mrs Thompson said the cadets experienced using the Jaws of Life, saw how police dogs were trained, underwent a fitness session with the police, donned a fire suit and put out live fires.
No doubt the best part was getting to the beach and into the water, where they learnt to ride a wave and a board.
Mrs Thompson said Queensland has nine groups with 82 adult leaders and 248 cadets.
“During the past 12 months these groups have volunteered at 72 projects covering 4740 volunteer hours,” she said.
PCYC Emergency Services Biggenden cadets recognised for their dedication have enjoyed a week of new experiences at the first Reward and RecognitionWeek in Brisbane.
After volunteering for more than 140 hours in their communities, adult leader Moira Thompson, along with cadets Geoff Imhoff, Fiona Gethings and Kayla Flanagan, were named in the state’s top 15 cadets and three adult leaders.
All agreed meeting the various emergency personnel and trying the activities on offer was a wonderful experience.
But Mrs Thompson felt the ceremony at Parliament House topped off the week.
“Our cadets were thrilled with this ceremony,” Mrs Thompson said.
“It was great to see them all supported by their families at Parliament House.”
Making the presentations for their dedication, the Assistant Minister of Emergency Volunteers Ted Malone said he was impressed with the volunteering ethos of the cadets. Mr Malone also thanked those adult leaders working to train our next generation of volunteers and the PCYC for their dedication to the program and to Queensland.
BEACH RUN: Geoff Imhoff and Kayla Flanagan get stuck into the flag racing activity.
Moira, Geoff and Fiona participate in the volunteer marine rescue exercise.
WELL DONE: PCYC emergency services cadets Geoffrey Imhoff, Fiona Gethings, Kayla Flanagan and co-ordinator Moira Thompson.
RIGHT: The Biggenden crew hangs out with the Westpac rescue helicopter.