The efforts of Air Cadets and staff within the Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing of the Air Training Corps who have amassed an incredible 150,000 hours of voluntary work within their local communities under the Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme have been presented with a certificate in formal recognition of their achievement.
The Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore Gordon Moulds MBE RAF presented the Duke of Edinburgh's, Millennium Volunteers Award 150,000 hour certificate to the Officer Commanding Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing, Wing Commander Pravin Ladwa at the Wings annual Ladies' Night Dinner on 10 th March 07
On presenting the Award Air Commodore Moulds said, “This award reflects the effort and commitment of the young people within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing and the support they are given by the wings adult volunteers within their local Squadrons. This award is even more impressive when you consider that this Wing is the only organisation within the within the Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme to have reached the amazing total of 150,000 hours.”
Following the presentation Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “Although the Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme for young people aged 16 ~ 25 is now coming a close, our voluntary efforts within the local community will continue. The young people from our Nuneaton based Squadron have themselves contributed an outstanding 7500 hours to Wings total of 150,000 hours. Two members of 121 Squadron, 21 year old Adult Sergeant Nick Hammond and 19 year old Cadet Flight Sergeant Graham Barber were also the first young people within Millennium Volunteers Award Scheme to reach the individual total of 1000 hours of voluntary activity. At a time when young people in general appear to attract so much bad publicity much of it unwarranted, we should all be very proud of the fact that members of the Air Cadet Organisation throughout the Warwickshire & Birmingham area have voluntarily given 150,000 hours of time to help other people and contribute to a wide variety of projects within their communities.”