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Cadets honour ANZACs at Cowboys Ceremony | Australian Army Cadets

By The Cove July 4, 2019


This article, first published 07 May 2019 on the official website of the Australian Army Cadets (AAC), talks about how the AAC and NRL Cowboys House are working together to have a positive influence on young people’s lives.

The normally rowdy North Queensland football crowd fell silent recently as a young Australian Army Cadet, George Abednego, read the Ode prior to the Cowboys ANZAC tribute match recently on 3rd May 2019.

The event featured an Australian and New Zealand National Flag ceremony conducted by Australian Army Cadets from 151 Army Cadet Unit based at NRL Cowboys House. Respect in many forms was on display – for those who have served and in those who proudly continue to wear the uniform as part of a ground-breaking initiative. The Australian Army Cadets (AAC) and NRL Cowboys House are institutions highly respected in the North Queensland community as having a positive influence on young people’s lives.

AAC, a leading national youth development organisation, with the character and values of the Australian Army, is founded on a strong community partnership. In this case the partnership is with NRL Cowboys House which provides supported accommodation for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from North Queensland’s remote communities, enabling them to access quality secondary education.

The AAC Indigenous Support Officer, Ms Eleasha Callaghan said the ceremony at the Cowboys game, honouring those who have served, was a culmination of just what positive action can achieve through the AAC-Cowboys relationship.  “There are 56 cadets in 151 ACU from 16 communities and we’ve found the uniformed aspect helps unify and promote strong values,” said Ms Callaghan.

It’s key to a program that provides the stability and support students need to be able to fulfil their potential while building life skills. The AAC-Cowboys model also develops leadership skills focussed on encouragement of others. Two of the leaders of the flag ceremony, Cadet Sergeants Rashaan Gibson and Hakeem Peters are an embodiment of this approach with both of the well-respected year 12 students selected for leadership courses late last year.

Cadet Sergeant Gibson from Cooktown said the experience opened his eyes to wider possibilities. “We had great mentors and experiences – I made so many friends on the leadership course that will be friends for life,” he said.

The successful flag ceremony was the beginning of a memorable evening for the appreciative crowd with Cowboys overcoming a tenacious Titans team 28-14.The Australian Army Cadets (AAC) provides a personal development program for young people and is conducted by the Australian Army in cooperation with the community and aims to benefit the nation by developing individuals and their communities.

The AAC adopts the values of the Australian Army – Courage, Initiative, Respect and Teamwork – to empower youth to achieve their potential. There are more than 17,000 Army Cadets and 1,100 Adult Cadet Staff based in over 220 units around Australia.


Caption: Cadets from 151 Army Cadet Unit - Cowboy's House march onto 1300SMILES Stadium with the Australian National Flag


Caption: Cadets from 151 Army Cadet Unit Displaying the Australian and New Zealand Flags on 1300SMILES Stadium prior to the Ode reading


Caption: Cadet George Abednego saluting after reading The Ode during the remembrance ceremony at 1300SMILES Stadium


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