Community Involvement

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Padstow Squadron has been involved with the local southern Bankstown City community since 1962. Whilst much of our program is conducted at Friday Parade nights, we are often called upon to assist, or to promote the Australian Air League, at Community events. This is covered under Community Service, examples include:

  • Marching in support of current and ex-service personnel at local ANZAC services, as well as the city ANZAC Day parade. Members are called upon to march in the Band or carry banners for units marching;

  • Members also assist community service organisations to aid in their fund-raising to support their programs, or to address environmental issues. Examples have included the Salvation Army: Red Shield Appeal, Red Cross calling and Clean up Australia.

  • As a fundraising activity, we have attended the Bunnings Community Sausage Sizzle regularly since the opening of the store (we were the first BBQ). This support for the local community by Bunnings is very appreciated, with the funds gained assisting in supporting our programs.

  • The Australian Air League is a registered operator of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in Australia. Padstow Squadron members have participated in this scheme, with members gaining Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. A part of this scheme is community service, which members have undertaken in assisting at Public Hospitals, Nursing homes and other service opportunities.

  • Community Service is recognized by the Australian Air League with the gaining of Community Service Awareness Badges by the participating members. This badge is awarded on the number of hours of community service undertaken by the participating member. The badge comprises 6 levels with level 6 requiring 15 hours of community service rising to 500 hours required for the Level.