Childers cadets win top award

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

CHILDERS emer­gency ser­vice cadets have been crowned cadet group of the year.

Childers cadet co-or­di­na­tor Rhy Baker said she could not be more proud of what the young mem­bers had achieved, par­tic­u­larly since the group had formed only a year ago.

“Out of nine cadet groups across the state, Childers cadets was awarded the Cadet Group of the Year award,” she said.

“We’ve only been go­ing since Septem­ber last year, so it’s been ex­actly 12 months that we’ve been run­ning.”

Ms Baker said the group had al­ready clocked up 600 vol­un­teer hours.

“Which is quite an achieve­ment,” she said.

“We vol­un­teer for any lo­cal fes­ti­vals like the Childers Fes­ti­val, Woodgate Fair, Clean Up Aus­tralia Day or the show.

“Any­thing that’s go­ing on like that, we’re usu­ally a part of.”

Ms Baker said the group had helped out at the Ap­ple Tree Creek Rodeo on the week­end.

“When there’s some­thing on, they cer­tainly put their hand up and get in­volved. I’m very proud of them,” she said.

Ms Baker said the cadets had com­pleted a lot of their train­ing with emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel in the re­gion.

“That in­cludes the SES, the firies, the am­bu­lance, the po­lice and ev­ery­one in be­tween,” she said.

“They pro­vide the es­sen­tial skills and train­ing to train the cadets in prepa­ra­tion for life skills and dis­as­ters.”

Ms Baker said through their train­ing in Childers, the 33 cadets could go on to be emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel and were cur­rently study­ing to­wards the Cer­tifi­cate Two in Pub­lic Safety.

The Childers cadet group was set up by Jenny Schoof of the PCYC group in Bris­bane. Ms Baker said there was a cadet group pre­vi­ously set up in Childers but it folded a few years ago. “The new cadet group is spon­sored by PCYC and we haven’t looked back,” Ms Baker said.

The cadet awards were held this month at the Gabba in Bris­bane, with three awards up for grabs, in­clud­ing Cadet of the Year, Leader of the Year and Cadet Group of the Year.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN220914CAD1

SERV­ING WITH A SMILE: Bri­enna Cot­tam and Thak­danai Din­maung with the tro­phies awarded to the Childers Cadet Group.

The Childers Cadet Group.

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