Cadets and officers from the Moorebank squadron of the Australian Air League assisted the Department of Communities and Justice put on the annual Premier's Gala Concert for senior citizens held recently over two days at the ICC Theatre Darling Harbour.
Held as part of the annual NSW Seniors Festival, the concert is one of the signature events and this year included performances from John Paul Young, Vanessa Amorosi and Paulini.
Moorebank cadets travelled to Darling Harbour to assist behind the scenes helping to place 16,000 event programs on all arena seats for both the morning and afternoon concerts.
Squadron members also helped those who were less mobile with wheelchairs, ensuring that all concertgoers were able to enjoy the show.
Corporal Andrew Passmore was called to the stage during the afternoon concert to collect the certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Australian Air League from the Minister for Seniors, Geoff Lee.
The Australian Air League has been assisting the state government with these concerts for more than 30 years and this year 15 members wore their uniforms proudly, being outstanding citizens of the community, volunteering their time to help others.
Commissioner Raymond Bell said: "It was absolutely fantastic seeing our cadets of Moorebank Squadron represent our community in this way. Many concertgoers commented later to me that our boys did an outstanding job with the wheelchairs, they were professional in their conduct and went about with their duties with a smile even when they got lost in the arena."
The Air League is a youth organisation for boys and girls eight and upwards, which fosters a spirit of aviation in young people and promotes good citizenship. It was formed in 1934.
Cadets are given opportunities to join the squadron band, learn ceremonial drill, make new friends and even learn to fly.
Other activities include aviation theory, physical activities, modelling and camping. Members 14 and over have an opportunity to learn to fly at the Air League's Camden Air Activities Centre with qualified volunteer instructors.
Moorebank squadron meets every Friday during school terms, from 7pm to 9pm, at Nuwarra Public School on McKay Avenue at Moorebank.
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