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By CI Victoria Aldridge - 2008 (Bawtry) Squadron
When we decide to join the air cadets its on a voluntary basis, we don't get paid and we let our cadets take the glory. But our cadets deserve it. As well as achieving and experiencing new opportunities for themselves they also give up their time to help others.
The cadets take time out to help with RAFA, SUE RYDER, THE POPPY APPEAL and now the BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION. Along with the usual school, college, university and work commitments our cadets have also volunteer for bag packing days at local supermarkets, bucket collections at the Keepmoat Stadium and even standing out in the rain for the yearly Poppy Appeal.
The cadets also need to collect funds for their own squadron too. Since we try and be a presence in our area, and appear at many local events throughout the year, we are also beginning to try and raise donations and sponsorship for ourselves.
We teach our Cadets First Aid and CPR, they walk for miles for the yearly Cosford Marches and finally they learn how to survive out side with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Adventure Training camps. All this enriches a teenagerís life in so many ways.
To reiterate what the cadets is about, it's an organisation that uses the discipline, respect and fellowship of the Royal Air Force. It creates determination, dedication and ambition in young people. It can help create a career or at least access to one. It can help a young person build up their life skills, their confidence and give them experiences they would not necessarily ever have the resources to do. It can also give them the chance to go to places they could never imagine going to and create friendships that can last a lifetime.
This year 2008(Bawtry) Air Cadets is 60 years old and a celebration day is being organized to commemorate this, we are beginning to hear from some Ex-Cadets and will be very interested to hear their stories and how the Air Cadets affected their lives.
If anyone is interested in sponsoring or making a donation to the air cadets please contact us, every little bit is appreciated. Please contact CI Victoria Aldridge by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If your interested in joining please email or call us on 01302 711783
For more information please visit the Squadron website