Cadets named fi­nal­ists for State award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

The Tom Price Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadet Corps have been named as one of three fi­nal­ists for a pres­ti­gious State vol­un­teer­ing award.

The cadets, who are all Tom Price Se­nior High School stu­dents aged 12-18 and form one of the largest cadet corps in the State, are in the run­ning for the Vol­un­teer­ing WA award for Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Year.

The award is one of eight the not-for-profit group gives out dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week in recog­ni­tion of “above and be­yond” vol­un­teer­ing ser­vices.

Tom Price cadet corps co-or­di­na­tor Ni­cole Kelly said it was “an hon­our” for the town’s hard­work­ing young vol­un­teers to be recog­nised.

“For a small re­gional town this is a huge ac­com­plish­ment,” she said.

“The cadets ... pride them­selves on help­ing oth­ers. Com­plet­ing over 3000 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice last year, it is a tes­ta­ment to their char­ac­ter, re­spect and hard work.”

The cadets have won a num­ber of awards in the past, but this is their first nom­i­na­tion from Vol­un­teer­ing WA.

Ms Kelly said the im­por­tance of vol­un­teer work was well-recog­nised in Tom Price, where it had sig­nif­i­cant and last­ing pos­i­tive im­pacts.

“With­out vol­un­teer­ing our com­mu­nity would stop,” she said.

“The Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadet Corps is all about help­ing oth­ers and pro­vid­ing the cadets with the skills and knowl­edge that one day they can use to help save a life, prop­erty or com­mu­nity.

“This pro­gram has helped our vol­un­teer emer­gency ser­vices bri­gades and units to re­tain num­bers.”

Vol­un­teer­ing WA awards co-or­di­na­tor Jane Ma­son said the Tom Price cadet corps were one of a num­ber of im­pres­sive nom­i­na­tions they had re­ceived from re­gional WA.

“Each year the num­ber of re­gional nom­i­na­tions in­creases, which is very ex­cit­ing be­cause stud­ies in­di­cate that four out of five WA res­i­dents Statewide vol­un­teer, shar­ing hap­pi­ness and en­rich­ing our qual­ity of life and so­cial co­he­sion,” she said.

Win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala din­ner in Perth on May 11.

Pic­ture: Ni­cole Kelly

Cadet in­struc­tor Si­mon David­son, cen­tre, and the Tom Price Emer­gency Ser­vices Cadet Corps sand­bag­ging for Cy­clone Rusty.

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