International Air Cadet Exchange

raafa-crestEach year we look forward International Air Cadet Exchange group to visit our home, the ‘Sir Richard Williams’ room Tarakan House. This year, Wednesday 18th July 2018, marks the 11th IACE visit to the Kallangur area. This year the Cadets and their Carers will arrive at about 10.00am so that they could enjoy an Australian Smoko as well as their usual BBQ lunch. Unfortunately they have to leave at 2,00pm.

We will start our tour at the Moreton SES Headquarters again hopefully with Local Controller Henk van den EndeĀ  grabbing their attention for an hour or so! He did a fabulous job last year. It is then off to the Naval Association Pine Rivers Sub Section Inc. building ‘The Anchorage’ for another talk perhaps by Jim O’Connor as per last year. Brilliant job by both Henk and Jim. Then off to ‘Sir Richard Williams’ room where a couple of LIONS will be cooking the snags and steaks. It is great to have those boys to take the load off us.

This year we have to commence lunch a noon so we get time to do our formalities before their departure. It is always sad to see these young adults, who come from far away places, go and board the bus to another destination.

We will post more information as soon as we get confirmations sent through.

Our Branch treats the visitors (who consist of International Cadets, their carers, representatives Australian Cadets and Senior Australian Cadet Staff) a good morning tea and a typical Aussie BBQ and sweets during their visit. The visitors also get time to mingle, tell their stories, tour through the ‘Sir Richard Williams’ Room and swap mementos. Each of the visitors receive a ‘Show bag’ with treats from our Patron the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson, our Councillor Denise Simms and our State MP for Murrumba Steven Miles and our Branch. In addition they receive a medallion specially struck for their visits.

Hats off to our Past President Mr. Bert Baker who went the hard yards years ago to make this event come into fruition. This is truly a meaningful date on our calendar. It is extremely satisfying to sit down and chat with them one and all. This year the team is being led by Squadron Leader Melissa Jones.

The Aim of the Association:

1) The aim of the Association is to foster international understanding, goodwill and friend-ship among young people who have an interest in aviation.

2) It endeavours to realize this aim by organising an annual exchange of air cadets be-tween participating organizations.

There are currently 19 countries participating in the exchange.

Many a Branch member and locals will cherish this date.