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