KILKENNY Order of Malta enrolled fourteen new cadets aged between 10 and 16-years-old into the unit at a ceremony held recently. The cadets received their enrolment certificates along with their unit flashes at the event, which was attended by 40 people including the cadets’ families and members of the senior unit.
Cadet leaders Gillian Kelly, Sean Regan, Andrea Stapleton, Pj McGrath and Keith O’ Toole paid tribute to all of the Cadets for their hard work over the last few months. Cadet leader Gillian Kelly said: “They have all been brilliant over the last few months in training; we are so proud of them all.”
Speaking after the event, Officer in Charge Liuet Heather Woods thanked all of the leaders for all their hard work over the past year with the cadets and the senior unit, also thanking the senior members who attended the Cadet ceremony and helped out on the night. She extended further her thanks to Lloyd Mcgree who came along as the regional liaison officer from Dublin to show his appreciation to the unit, the cadets and to say a few words about the ambulance corps.
The Kilkenny Order of Malta Cadet unit is a mixture of both boys and girls from primary and secondary schools in the local area. The Cadets meet every week and train in first aid as well as educational activities and also taking part in events and competitions on a regional and national level later in the year.
The unit will celebrate 60 years of service in Kilkenny next year and as a self-funded voluntary organisation, donations and sponsorships are vital to keeping the unit running. Anybody in a position to donate to the unit or a company wishing to offer sponsorship for much needed ambulance equipment are asked kindly to contact Seán Regan on 083-1120707 for more information.