St John Youth Cadets join forces to pay Homage to fallen diggers

St John Youth Cadets join forces to pay Homage to fallen diggers

22 April 2015

More than 150 St John Cadets will be joining forces with other youth organisations during the Anzac Eve Youth Vigils to stand guard over War Memorials in the lead up to the 100thanniversary of the Anzac Day Dawn Vigil.


In true military tradition they will ‘hold the ground’ across the state, including at the South Australian War Memorial on North Terrace, from 6pm on Thursday April 24 until they hand over the following morning for the Dawn Vigils.


This year, St John has also been invited to march in the Centenary Anzac Day Parade in recognition of their involvement in Voluntary Aid Detachments during World War I. They will bear flags and banners of the different regiments, with some of the youthful members assisting Veterans in wheelchairs during the march.


St John Ambulance SA Commissioner, Noel Hender, is honoured that St John will not only provide first aid care for such a major event but that they will also be highly involved in the numerous vigils, parades and ceremonies across South Australia in the 48 hour period marking the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.


“We are immensely proud that St John Cadets will be one of only 12 youth organisations standing guard for 24 hours during the Anzac Eve Youth Vigils across the state.


“St John and Red Cross were deployed in the First World War and to mark the centennial milestone we have also been bestowed the great honour of being invited to march in the parade with the RSL,” adds Mr Hender.


“’The inclusion of St John Youth Cadets in the centenary Youth Vigils illustrates the importance of involving younger generations in the tributes for Anzac Day.


“It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to be involved in commemorating the 100th year of Anzac. St John Cadets will attend at least eight of the vigils across the state where they will stay overnight and support each other in looking after the war memorials.


They will also be able to attain a special edition St John proficiency badge to mark the Anzac centenary.”


“Our Youth divisions are more popular than ever and this is because cadets not only get to learn a broad range of life skills, but they also get to put them into practice. Whilst the emphasis is on first aid, our cadets also develop leadership and social skills, have the opportunity to form friendships, give time to help others, experience a sense of achievement and learn skills for life,” adds Mr Hender.


Of the 15 Anzac Eve Youth Vigils around the State, St John Youth Cadets will take part in eight of them: Adelaide CBD, Morphett Vale, Blackwood, Hallett Cove, Echunga, Smithfield, Gawler and Whyalla. The Youth Vigil is made up of 12 youth organisations in South Australia:


- SA Blue Light Rangers St John Ambulance Cadets
- Australian Army Cadets Girl Guides SA
- Girls Brigade SA Surf Lifesaving SA
- Scouts Australia SA Country Fire Service Cadets
- Boys Brigade SA Australian Air Force Cadets
- SA State Emergency Service Cadets Australian Navy Cadets


St John would like to remind participants and spectators of the centenary Anzac Day commemorations to:


- Take along any personal medication - asthma puffers, blood pressure medication,
  and sunscreen etc.
- Keep your fluids up by drinking plenty of water throughout the day
- Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions
- Have something to eat before you venture into the city for the Dawn Service