Air cadets from South & West Yorkshire Wing ATC recently took part in the Royal Air Forces Association’s (RAFA) Colour Chaos to raise money for charity.
Around 60 cadets and staff from 750 (Thorne), 103 (Doncaster), 1053 (Armthorpe), 2008 (Bawtry) and 558 (Finningley) squadrons travelled to RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire for the colourful event.
Colour Chaos provides a unique opportunity for serving RAF personnel, the general public and personnel from the cadet forces to run, jog, dance or walk for 5km round an active RAF base – all the while being showered in a multitude of colours.
This year the track ran through the grounds of RAF Wittering where event volunteers happily threw handfuls of colourful powder at participants as they passed the colour points along the way.
The event was organised to raise vital funds for the RAF Association’s welfare support work. Every £1 raised by runners goes towards projects that help members of the RAF family across the country. One of these is the Storybook Wings initiative, where serving parents record their children’s favourite bedtime stories before departing on active service. Once recorded, volunteer editors work their magic by adding sound effects and music to the story, to create a really special keepsake.
Helen Tempest, Challenge Events Manager at the RAF Association, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the participants and volunteers who supported the event. It was a fantastic effort from everyone involved. The atmosphere was amazing and alight with colour on a sunny autumn afternoon.”
Flight Sergeant Kelly Rollers of 750 (Thorne) Squadron said: “Our cadets and staff did a fantastic job and raised an amazing £1,140 and counting! This means that many more families can benefit from the Storybook Wings appeal.
“A huge thank you to everyone who took part and those that sponsored our team!”
There is still time to donate; if you would like to donate to this fantastic cause, please click the following link and follow the instructions. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/southwestyorkswing
The Air Training Corps is a uniformed voluntary youth organisation based on and supported by the Royal Air Force and offering a wide range of challenging activities for young people ranging from flying and gliding to adventure training to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Units are open to young people from Year 8 to age 20. To learn more about the Air Training Corps click here. To learn more about RAFA click here.