by Erica Murree
BIGGENDEN PCYC ES cadets have enjoyed a busy year of hours of volunteering and training.
At last week's award night PCYC ES State Program co-ordinator Nicole Doyle spoke about the cadet program and its overall impact in Queensland.
Ms Doyle said it had been an action packed year.
"The cadets were an amazing source of energy and enthusiasm while the adult leaders were the lifeblood,” she said.
"The program now has 14 locations with 120 adults leaders and 450 cadets.
"The newest being Thursday Island.”
Mrs Doyle said the experiences and training our cadets receive would not be possible without a great team.
Group leader Moira Thompson acknowledged deputy co-ordinator Nigel Reed along with adult leaders Kathy McAskill, Enny White, Larissa Leaver, Debbie Faint, Glenn Thompson and cadet chairman Lofty Wendt for his ongoing support.
Various certificates were presented to cadets and leaders covering kayaking, fire and first aid.
For John Houton and Samson Wykamp they experienced a once in a lifetime experience when they attended the ESCape Week in Brisbane.
Mrs Thompson said Biggenden cadets through the year have formed huge connections with many groups covering training, participation and volunteering to develop new skills.
A powerpoint presentation highlighted all these events.
State awards were presented to Lucas and Angus McAskill.
Local cadet awards are based on a commitment to training and volunteering and are totalled from January to November 2017.
Runner up was Isabella McAskill with 175.5 hours while older brother Angus took out the overall award with six hours more.
It was a family affair on the night as mum Kate was acknowledged for her enormous commitment to cadets and her support of her children in the program.
Mrs McAskill said she has enjoyed her 12 months as a leader.
"Before then I was in the background,” she said.
She was surprised and proud of daughter Isabella
"It is a confidence booster having a win on her brothers,” she said.
Mrs Thompson said she is keen to go outside of the Biggenden area to volunteer.
"Maybe even the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival to help relieve some of the volunteers as it can be tiring for them,” she said.
Sign on will be on second week of school for cadets new cadets and adult leaders.