10 March 2016

 

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hong Kong St John Ambulance Brigade, the International Cadet Camp 2016 (ICC2016) was hosted in Hong Kong on 2 – 10 January.

 

Participants came from all St John Establishments worldwide including Australia, Canada, England, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Wales, Zimbabwe and Hong Kong. More than 500 officers and cadets enjoyed starting their new year in Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

 

The International Cadet Championships was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Hong Kong ICC2016. A team of 4 cadets representing each contingent competed on abilities in First Aid, Home Nursing, Presentation and Footdrill. The New Zealand team successfully defended their championship, winning the St John Worldwide Cadet Competition Shield; while the Australian team took the second place, followed by the Canadian team.

 

Dr David Mok, Prior of St John Hong Kong (middle) presenting the St John Worldwide Cadet Competition shield to the New Zealand team 

 

What made HKICC2016 a remarkable festival among our international St John friends were the opportunities for cultural exchange and building lifelong friendship from all corners of the world. Cadets and young leaders shared their St John experience during the 9 days. They were excited in exchanging badges and souvenirs, introducing different uniform equipment and experiencing nations' traditional dresses, calligraphy, chants and dance.

 

The young cadets also had chances to understand more about Hong Kong St John Ambulance by participating in the Brigade Centenary Parade; visiting the divisions, the Headquarters, and ambulance depot and control centre. Hong Kong ICC2016 was a real accomplishment in international collaboration. This success will keep serving as a catalyst for the St John youth development around the world and the development of future international events.