St John’s Cadets still marching

Superintendent of the St. John Ambulance Australia Broken Hill Cadet Division Sandra Haring says that despite Covid making it very difficult to maintain Cadet numbers she expects to have 8-10 in Mondays ANZAC day march.

“It has been hard to recruit people as you don’t know what is going to happen next.”

“We lost quite a few as we couldn’t meet then it made it difficult for them to come back,” she said.

“Before Covid we had around 80 which is now down to approximately 30.”

Ms Haring said Covid has disrupted the regular meeting flow and been hard to maintain the momentum.

“Many students are yet to return to school, let alone extracurricular activities.”

“We will have some marching not in uniform, because we are still trying to get uniforms for some of the kids that have grown, and the new uniforms haven’t come through since we have been able to meet.”

Ms Haring who has been with St. John Ambulance for 55 years said that they always are a big part of the ANZAC march.

“We are there to keep the spirits up of the ANZAC’s up and to make sure everybody is safe, we help if anybody faints, or anything like that.”

“St John’s staff also attend the dawn service, the cemetery, and the memorial oval, as event health services and some of the older cadets might help with that.”

With a camp coming up in October in Adelaide, Ms Haring says that she is hoping to get the St. John’s cadet back in full swing soon.

“As officers and cadet leaders we just want to get them all back on track.”

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