Air cadets are Africa bound

Teenage air cadets are preparing to jet off on a life-changing expedition to South Africa.

The 13 cadets and two adult staff will spend three weeks volunteering in an impoverished community, visiting battlefields, trekking and even have the chance to go on safari.

The five girls and eight boys aged between 15 and 18 from 346 (Tynemouth) and 404 (Morpeth) Squadrons fly out on July 28 and will spend their first week at Entabeni in northern South Africa, where they will undertake a number of community projects, including helping to renovate and paint a village school.

They will also host a school sports day and are taking out football kits to donate to the children.

The group will also spend two days visiting the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift on the Natal border with Zululand.