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Air Cadets embark upon African adventure

Published: 06 Feb 2017   updated: 07 Feb 2017

Air Cadets from the West Midlands will be taking a 'walk on the wild side' as they embark upon a once-in-a-lifetime trek through the Drakensberg Mountains.

The expedition, part-funded by the RAF Charitable Trust (RAFCT), will take cadets on a journey through challenging conditions and demanding terrain as they make their way over the highest mountain range in South Africa. 

Trustees approved a £2,000 grant towards the South African World Heritage site trek, which has been supported by the Ulysses Trust  and will run from August 5 -28, as they recognised the physical challenges it presents to cadets and the opportunities available to build upon their leadership and team-working skills. As part of the Drakensberg Elephant 2017 expedition, the group of 35 cadets and instructors from Warwickshire and Birmingham Wing ATC will also undertake project work at a local village.

Flying Officer James Carter said: "The five-day trek into the Drakensberg Mountains involves climbing to a height of 3250m and camping in tents at a height of 2900m, which will really help cadets and instructors test and develop their life skills, as well as enhancing their morale within the ATC. 

"This expedition is a real mix of challenge, cultural experience and community work and many cadets will be linking this to their Duke of Edinburgh award. I'd like to thank RAFCT for the funding they have provided - this will really help us get the expedition off the ground."

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