While their friends play soccer in the background, 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps cadets Micheal Caron and Sydney Foster show off their pledge sheets. They raised $1,050 and $1,028, and contributed to the total of over $6,000 raised for their end-of-the-year trip. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Cadets raise $6,000 with 12-hour fitness fundraiser

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday March 29, 2018

When the 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps was told to fundraise for their year-end trip, they decided to get physical.

For 12-hours straight, 28 cadets and staff took part in a fitness challenge fundraiser and had to actively take part in a variety of sports and fitness challenges like yoga, soccer, an obstacle course, dodgeball and a Taekwon-Do class donated by Ottawa Valley Taekwon-Do. Even when some of the group was taking a break, they still had to keep at least half of the people moving on the floor. “There always had to be somebody active,” said Chair of the Support Committee Terri Keller.

Though it was difficult at times for them to keep moving for so many hours, their efforts did not go unrewarded. They raised over $6,000 for their year-end trip to Wilderness Tours in May 2018.

“They took the initiative,” said Commanding Officer Captain Destiny Genoe. “One of the things with the Army Cadet Corps program is to promote physical fitness so it was great that they decided that this was what they wanted.”

The cadets approached family, friends and community members to ask for sponsorship. They each had to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges, but some went above and beyond.

Sydney Foster, 13, and Micheal Caron, 12, competed against each other to raise the most money. They were able to raise $1,028 and $1,058 respectively. “We really badly wanted to beat each other,” said Foster. “His goal was $1,000 so I needed to get above that.”

Both cadets loved the opportunity to raise money while having active fun. “Everybody did such a good job,” said Caron proudly, pointing out that the team effort really prevailed.

The Royal Canadian Army Cadets is a federally-sponsored program for young Canadians ages 12 to 18 that develops attributes of leadership, good citizenship, and physical fitness while stimulating interest in the history and activities of the Canadian Army. There are currently over 18,000 Army cadets in more than 400 Cadet Corps across Canada.

To join the cadets, please contact Captain Destiny Genoe at destiny.genoe@ cadets.gc.ca or (613) 717-5516..