Cullybackey Detachment, C Company, 1st Battalion Army Cadets & Ballymena Air Cadets have joined forces for a National Community Week Challenge.
To celebrate the very first Army Cadets ‘Community Week’ (April 18-24) cadets from Cullybackey Detachment, 1st Battalion organised a spring clean and jumped straight into action with Ballymena Air Cadets to help tidy and plant greenery along the Riverside Path in the village.
The Cullybackey Army Cadet Force (ACF) have worked before with Bertie McNeilly of Cullybackey Development Association (CDA) by helping around the village and in doing so have also raised awareness of the many different ways cadets, both army and air, help their local Communities.
The spring clean was the first time 13-year-old Cdt Jessica Beverland became involved with ‘Cadet in the Community’.
She said: “I really enjoyed helping to improve my local area and we all had a great evening working alongside Ballymena Air Cadets”.
SI Amanda Roxborough, C Coy Duke of Edinburgh Officer, added: “The Army Cadet Force (ACF) is all about action, adventure, fun and friendship but we also enjoy doing our bit for the community and I would like to thank the CDA for their invitation and to Ballymena Air Cadets for coming along to help support Cullybackey ACF.
“All our cadets get involved in community activities as part of their training and their ‘Cadet and the Community’ activities which also help them in working towards a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.”
To help give more young people the chance to take part in cadet activities, 1st Battalion ACF is looking for more adults to join us as instructors.
No previous military experience or high levels of fitness are needed. What is important is common sense, drive and determination and the ability to communicate with young people.
For more information about the Army Cadets and to find out how to join as a cadet or an adult instructor visit www.armycadets.com or Air Cadets visit www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets