The RAF Air Cadets have been active this summer, helping the local community and having fun in the process. In May this year, a group of cadets from Highworth attended the Lechlade Duck Race, to lend a hand in the smooth running of the event. Each year, the Duck Race raises money for many worthy causes, most notably, the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA). The RAFA is a charity dedicated to supporting the RAF family. They help to create a sense of community for serving RAF personnel and their families. The RAF Family includes over 1.5 million people, so the work of the Royal Air Force Association is vital to their happiness and wellbeing. This year, the Duck Race raised an incredible £11,200 for the charity. The Royal Air Force Association also plays a huge part in the cadet organisation, so volunteering at these kind of events means we can support the community around us.
Saturday 22nd June was Armed Forces Day in Swindon. 878 Highworth Squadron were invited to be a part of the festivities, along with cadets from 633 and 1244 Squadrons. The Swindon branch of RAFA were in attendance and raising funds for the cause. The day included a performance from 1244’s band, which helped to show the community the value that cadets add to society.
In August, cadets took part in Swindon’s Pride event. The air cadet organisation is constantly working for equality and inclusivity, throughout the Corps and extending through into everyday society. The four key values of the RAF and the Air Cadets are often summarised in the acronym RISE. This stands for Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence. These values are especially important today, where diversity and inclusivity are so important. The event included a parade through the town centre, followed by music and entertainment in the town gardens. Thousands of people turned out to support the organisation and overall the day was a huge success.