After two long years of migration paperwork and processes, in 1999, my family and I picked up our lives and moved to Australia in search of better opportunities and a better life.

With a husband working offshore most of the time, it was a struggle at times but we settled in quickly. I felt something was missing and I wanted the kids to belong and have a sense of community spirit. Our lives changed when we met Keith Hulme, a Vietnam Veteran and volunteer with the Logan City Community Cadets Inc. He encouraged the children to join the organisation.

In June of 2002, we became members of the Logan City Community Cadets Inc. and this organisation has since been a huge part of our lives. The Logan City Community Cadets Inc. is community based, not-for-profit youth organisation based in Browns Plains, for boys and girls aged between 11 and 17 years.

The cadet unit has an ethos of SERVE, REMEMBER, and LEARN and is delivered through a military structure, values and disciplines. The cadet unit is a volunteer organisation dedicated to providing a safe, fun, yet challenging environment for today’s youth.

The LCCC provided my children with positive experiences in making and building friendships, a sense of belonging, purpose, resilience, and leadership in an environment that acts on the philosophy that it takes a community to raise a child.

17 years on, we continue to volunteer with the Logan City Community Cadets Inc. and work together with the Commanding Officer, LTCOL Trevor Schulze and his team of volunteers whose passion, commitment and drive is valued and respected. Our reward and payment – watching each cadet grow and become a valued member of our community.

If you have a child eligible to enlist, allow them the opportunity to Serve the Community, Remember and appreciate our Military History, and Learn valuable life skills. If you have military experience, volunteer and put your skills to good use. Ultimately, you will gain a sense of belonging to an organisation, which improves motivation, health, and happiness.

For more information, feel free to contact Anthea Chase-Currier, LCCC’s Battalion Administration Officer on 0401540443.

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