Resident concerned about future of air cadets
I wanted to write this letter because Iím concerned about the future of one of the most worthwhile organizations in our country, The Royal Canadian Air Cadets.
I am a grandma who has spent the last year volunteering for the Airdrie Air Cadet Squadron. I decided to do this because the third generation in my family joined last September. Previous to this both my children belonged, my son-in-law and my husband also went through this program.
Over many years, while in the military, my husband and I have been involved with this organization, all over Canada, as volunteers. This organization in Airdrie is free to all children 12 years and over. We have seen the young people, who have gone through its programs, grow in character and become responsible citizens. It builds confidence, leadership, community and respect. The cadets give back to the communities they live in. Although people may think this is only a military organization, that is a small part of what Air Cadets has to offer.
The Airdrie 88 Lynx Squadron is no exception. This year, they have spent time at Bethany Home cleaning up the grounds, at Yodel Fest serving coffee and goodies to patrons, putting up fencing for the Airdrie Air Show, collecting car loads of food for the food bank, providing information at car shows and museums, recycling truck loads of pop cans and bottles, yearly, and participating in community events such as the July 1 parade.
Now, they are desperately trying to raise enough money to keep their own programs running. These programs keep young people off the streets giving them interesting, active things to do.
We talk about crime in our cities and towns.
How about supporting a group that helps give our youth a hand in the right direction? Airdrie squadron does not even have a regular place to meet. They tote all their equipment from rented school gym to rented school gym. Their offices do not have a permanent location, they are Sea Cans, which get moved around. We have over 75 cadets in the squadron this year. Thatís a lot of young people you could help out.
If you are interested in helping we would very much appreciate it if you could purchase a $20 ticket on our truck raffle or make a donation. All money goes directly to their educational programs. We also need space to store our trailer and Sea Can and sponsors on a yearly basis. We desperately need your help or our organization may not survive.
The young people of our community are our future.