Former Cadet Chosen to Help People in Kenya

A former Cadet of 1181 (Syston) Squadron has been selected to work with students from all over the world to help create jobs in Kenya, working with young Kenyan entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.

Former Lord Lieutenants’ Cadet, Dan Garlick, 21 will travel to Kenya over the summer for six weeks to join the Balloon Kenya programme. After flying to Nairobi Dan shall travel north to Nakuru to work with young entrepreneurs who dream of starting their own businesses.

After several stages of assessment Dan was selected along with 24 other students to travel to Kenya in August. The volunteers shall spend a week on a high intensity training course before meeting with Kenyan entrepreneurs and then will spend five weeks developing and testing ideas before pitching for micro finance support.

Dan who is a student of Sheffield Business School, who is currently on placement with Bosch in Suffolk, working in one of their finance departments.

After joining the Air Training Corps at 13, he progressed through the ranks, completing his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. He also was awarded a place on the prestigious Air Cadet Pilot Scheme and later became the Lord Lieutenants Cadet for Leicestershire. Since moving to Suffolk he has joined 301 (Bury St Edmunds) Squadron to give something back to the Corps.

Dan said ‘It’s a great opportunity to use what I have learnt at university and on placement to benefit others. The project aims to fight poverty through enterprise rather than aid and therefore creates something more sustainable that has potential to grow. I feel my time as a Cadet at 1181 has helped me to get a place on this programme, as it was highly competitive. The elements of leadership, teamwork and mentoring others whilst at the squadron were reflected through my application process.’

Having saved over £1,000 Dan aims to raise another £2,000 before heading to Kenya, with £250 of the money being invested into Kenyan business ideas. If you are interested in sponsoring Dan please contact him on [email protected]