A re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – from bush to beach

Re­ward week cul­mi­nates in award cer­e­mony

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BEACH RUN: Ge­off Imhoff and Kayla Flana­gan get stuck into the flag rac­ing ac­tiv­ity.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Moira, Ge­off and Fiona par­tic­i­pate in the vol­un­teer marine res­cue ex­er­cise.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

WELL DONE: PCYC emer­gency ser­vices cadets Ge­of­frey Imhoff, Fiona Gethings, Kayla Flana­gan and co-or­di­na­tor Moira Thomp­son.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RIGHT: The Biggen­den crew hangs out with the West­pac res­cue he­li­copter.

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