St John awards cadets

Hawke's Bay Today - - Dannervirke News - Chris­tine McKay

The Dan­nevirke Or­der of St John Cadet prize­giv­ing il­lus­trated the im­por­tance and im­pact the cadets have in our com­mu­nity.

“You are the car­ers in the fu­ture and you un­der­take more than just first aid,” Rex Wheeler, Knight of the Or­der of St John, said at the prize­giv­ing in St John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church last Sun­day.

Wheeler said the three Grand Prior cadets named at the cer­e­mony, Sa­man­tha Brad­bury, Katie Sev­erin­son-Perry and Ryan Walker, showed the in­cred­i­ble work and com­mit­ment young peo­ple are will­ing to do for St John. Grand Prior was first awarded in New Zealand in 1934 and is a pres­ti­gious hon­our. This was the first time three cadets had been awarded Grand Prior in one year in Dan­nevirke.

Tararua Dis­trict deputy mayor Al­lan Ben­bow thanked St John for the work they do in our com­mu­nity.

“St John is so vi­tally im­por­tant.” Fol­low­ing the pro­ces­sional and the colour party pre­sen­ta­tion, the cadets about to be en­rolled pa­raded through a guard of hon­our down the aisle of St John’s Angli­can Church, paus­ing at each floor marker and re­peat­ing the points of the St John star.

Steve Lan­caster, dis­trict youth man­ager for St John, said it was im­por­tant to cel­e­brate what the young peo­ple had achieved.

“This fol­lows cen­turies of the

Or­der of St John which goes back more than 900 years to Jerusalem,” he said. “Be­ing a mem­ber of St John recog­nises the spe­cial qual­i­ties of com­mit­ment these young peo­ple have made in join­ing. They should take pride in their divi­sion, gain­ing the spirit of friend­ship while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sym­bols of Chris­tian virtues.”

Lan­caster said he hoped the newly en­rolled cadets would spend many years with St John.

The St John Youth pro­gramme is about pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment, open­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to young peo­ple and pro­vid­ing chal­lenges that will help un­lock their true po­ten­tial — help­ing them to grow as in­di­vid­u­als.

The growth of a cadet in the youth pro­gramme can be mea­sured in nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent ar­eas and on Sun­day Sa­man­tha Brad­bury was awarded the On­to­ge­n­e­sis award, for the many hours putting in the hard yards for St John, while Lu­cian Schoe­felder was named Pen­guin of the Year. Cadets Jas­min Dean and Jes­sica Brad­bury re­ceived the Sap­phire award, for their 25-hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice, as well as earn­ing three com­pul­sory badges and three of their own choice. James Walker and Katie Sev­erin­sen-Perry earned well-de­served pro­mo­tions.

Pho­tos: Chris­tine McKay

Dan­nevirke Or­der of St John Cadets new en­rol­ments in St John the Bap­tist Angli­can Church last Sun­day af­ter­noon.

About to be en­rolled St John Cadets make their way down the sym­bolic aisle, with its points of the St John star, flanked by their peers on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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