Trip of a life­time for cadet

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Feild­ing teen Broughton Mani­hera has been se­lected for a trip of a life­time.

Broughton is Cadet Cor­po­ral Mani­hera of the NZ Feild­ing Army Cadet Unit and in Novem­ber he will travel to the UK, France and the Hague.

He is in a team of 10 cadet youth am­bas­sadors for New Zealand who are part of the In­ter­na­tional Cadet Ex­change Pro­gramme (CEP).

Cadets from the UK, Aus­tralia, In­dia and Bar­ba­dos will also be on the tour.

Broughton had to submit a les­son plan and video, and his per­for­mance in the NZ Cadet Force Haka was a stand­out for se­lec­tion.

“To my be­lief I have the lead­er­ship skills,” said Broughton who was placed first in a cen­tral area lead­er­ship skills com­pe­ti­tion.

Broughton lists mu­sic as his first op­tion and he plays blues and jazz piano. He was only seven at his first solo per­for­mance.

The trip is timed to co­in­cide with the 100th An­niver­sary of World War I and will in­clude cer­e­mo­nial du­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties at the Guard Mount at Buck­ing­ham and St James Palaces.

The cadets will also lay wreathes at the NZ Memorial and at­tend the open­ing of the Field of Re­mem­brance at West­min­ster Abbey. The next stop is a Bat­tle­field study tour of Bel­gium and France dur­ing which they will visit Hill 60 and Messines and par­tic­i­pate in the Last Post cer­e­mony at Menin Gate, Ypres. They will also visit the Somme.

Captain Karen Browne from the same Feild­ing unit is one of two cadet of­fi­cers to es­cort the cadets dur­ing the Novem­ber 3-16 tour.

But to get there Broughton and Karen each have to raise 75 per cent of their fare, ac­com­mo­da­tion and meal costs — a to­tal of $2700.

They are hold­ing raf­fles and sausage siz­zles with goods do­nated from busi­nesses in Feild­ing and Palmer­ston North, and ap­ply­ing for grants.

■ If you are in­ter­ested in help­ing Broughton and Karen get to the UK, please con­tact Stephanie Bense­man on 021 234 9726

PHOTO / MERANIA KARAURIA

At front, Cadet Cor­po­ral Broughton Mani­hera and Captain Karen Browne of the Feild­ing Army Cadet Unit at a week­end train­ing.

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