Gong for dedicated service
A passionate group of young Pilbara volunteers had their community service recognised at WA’s top emergency services awards for youngsters recently.
The spotlight was on Tom Price Senior High School last week when it won the cadet unit achievement award at the 2020 Emergency Services Cadet Corps Awards.
The gong salutes the dedication of the school’s Emergency Services Cadet Corps to the community, with the students volunteering more than 3000 hours to hone their emergency services skills.
TPSHS cadet unit leader Nicole Kelly said the juniors received the award for their strong community involvement, including helping raise $12,000 for a girl with leukaemia.
“The kids are very, very proud,” she said.
“We’ve raised money for six defibrillators for the town so they can be accessed 24/7, as Tom Price doesn’t have any defibrillators that can be accessed after hours.
“The kids are working on projects for road safety signs on the Tom Price to Paraburdoo Road to reduce fatalities along our roads, and they’ve fundraised to help Tom Price Primary after their recent fire.”
Ms Kelly said there were 108 cadets in the unit, from Year 7-12.
“It’s basically teaching kids to give back to the community,” she said.
“The community gives so much to us and we want to give back.
“It also instils volunteering in the kids.
“The cadets are given the opportunity to participate in community events to get their community service hours, which helps them to go on our big camp.” Ms Kelly said the unit had won the award a several times, and were pleased to see their dedication paying off.
“It makes our kids very, very proud of what they do. It makes our community of Tom Price and Paraburdoo very proud,” she said
“And it really motivates our kids to do more for our community, which in turn helps the community out in many ways.”
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan thanked the winners for their outstanding efforts.
“Cadets and their mentors are improving the safety of their communities by developing the capacity and resilience to both prepare for, and respond to, an emergency,” he said.
Education Minister Sue Ellery said she congratulated the unit.
“This is a great achievement by Tom Price Senior High School and their cadet program,” she said. “They’re a great initiative for students to learn valuable skills that could save someone’s life as well as to understand the level of commitment that other members of the community make to help keep other people safe from harm.”
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