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Basildon Recorder: Inspirational – Garry Tooey works full-time and volunteers Inspirational – Garry Tooey works full-time and volunteers

AN Army cadet is proving it is possible to juggle volunteering work with a full-time job.

Garry Tooey, 23, has become an inspiration for other cadets, thanks to his achievements both within the Army Cadet Force, and outside.

He is manager of McDonald’s, at Basildon Festival Leisure Park, where he is in charge of 84 staff, as well as training future soldiers in his spare time.

Mr Tooey, from Tilbury, took up the post of adult instructor last year, and was selected to become a Second Lieutenant.

He joined the Army Cadet Force in 2002, and within six years he had progressed through the ranks to become Cadet Sergeant Major, achieved Master Cadet status and gained qualifications, including a BTEC with distinction and the silver Duke of Edinburgh award.

Mr Tooey, who went to Gable Hall School, in Stanford-le-Hope, said: “I owe a lot to the officers and instructors who organised and supervised the activities I took part in, and that’s why I do it now.

“The Army Cadet Force exists to provide opportunities for young people aged 12 to 18 to improve life skills and confidence.”

In his spare time, Mr Tooey is attempting to further boost his qualifications by taking on a leadership programme through the cadet vocational qualifications organisation, and is also on target to complete his gold Duke of Edinburgh award by December 2015.

He believes his experience in the workplace, has equipped him the skills to provide challenge, adventure and excitement for young people in Essex.

Mr Tooey added: “I can attribute many of the skills I use daily – such as organisation, planning and team working – to my involvement with the Army Cadet Force.”

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1:49pm Sat 31 May 14

emcee says...

Hmmm... OK, I give up...
Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item.
Hmmm... OK, I give up... Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item. emcee
  • Score: 11

4:42pm Sat 31 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

emcee wrote:
Hmmm... OK, I give up...
Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item.
Well you would.

Probably because you don't do anything like that yourself. You're too busy on here slagging myself and others off.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Hmmm... OK, I give up... Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item.[/p][/quote]Well you would. Probably because you don't do anything like that yourself. You're too busy on here slagging myself and others off. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

4:48pm Sat 31 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

There should be more stories like this, like the one earlier in the week about a brave soldier, which was also the subject of rabid criticism from another waste of space who regularly posts nastiness and vitriol on here. Fortunately the disgusting comment was removed.

Why on earth can''t we talk decent people up and be positive about the achievements of local people? Isn't that what a local newspaper is all about? Stories about local people and their positive contributions to society..

The trouble with a lot of people here is that they would rather spend time posting bile, lies, repeated and regurgitated garbage off the internet and hearsay about people they don't know, than talking up decent people and good local projects.

Always negative. Always nasty.

Well I say good luck to this young man and well done for making a positive contribution. Most of us out here appreciate hearing about decent people and good things they do - and don't thrive on nastiness, bile, vicious personal attacks and hatemongering.
There should be more stories like this, like the one earlier in the week about a brave soldier, which was also the subject of rabid criticism from another waste of space who regularly posts nastiness and vitriol on here. Fortunately the disgusting comment was removed. Why on earth can''t we talk decent people up and be positive about the achievements of local people? Isn't that what a local newspaper is all about? Stories about local people and their positive contributions to society.. The trouble with a lot of people here is that they would rather spend time posting bile, lies, repeated and regurgitated garbage off the internet and hearsay about people they don't know, than talking up decent people and good local projects. Always negative. Always nasty. Well I say good luck to this young man and well done for making a positive contribution. Most of us out here appreciate hearing about decent people and good things they do - and don't thrive on nastiness, bile, vicious personal attacks and hatemongering. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -9

11:04pm Sat 31 May 14

emcee says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
emcee wrote:
Hmmm... OK, I give up...
Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item.
Well you would.

Probably because you don't do anything like that yourself. You're too busy on here slagging myself and others off.
What are you on about? You have, yet again, no idea who I am and you are, again, mistaking me for someone else. I do not know you (aside from what is in the public domain) and I do not care to want to know you. I comment on articles only and certainly do not "sl*g" off anyone else on this site.
However, a quick word of advice... you really do need to make sure you are directing your comments to the correct person because one day you will find that your errors and mistakes are going to land you in hot water with someone who is not as polite and forgiving as myself.
Now, unless you can prove to me, and everyone else on this site, that you know exactly who you are addressing I suggest you quit now with all this paranoia nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Hmmm... OK, I give up... Apart from "Working Man Has Hobby" what is this story meant to be saying? Thousand of people who have jobs also spend weekends or evenings doing what they enjoy doing, whether it be attending Army Cadets, Scouting, playing Sunday League Football, Ballroom Dancing, Amateur Dramatics... I could go on forever. I fail to see the relevance of why this is a news item.[/p][/quote]Well you would. Probably because you don't do anything like that yourself. You're too busy on here slagging myself and others off.[/p][/quote]What are you on about? You have, yet again, no idea who I am and you are, again, mistaking me for someone else. I do not know you (aside from what is in the public domain) and I do not care to want to know you. I comment on articles only and certainly do not "sl*g" off anyone else on this site. However, a quick word of advice... you really do need to make sure you are directing your comments to the correct person because one day you will find that your errors and mistakes are going to land you in hot water with someone who is not as polite and forgiving as myself. Now, unless you can prove to me, and everyone else on this site, that you know exactly who you are addressing I suggest you quit now with all this paranoia nonsense. emcee
  • Score: 9

12:51pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

he looks a little tubby, probably OD on the big macs...
he looks a little tubby, probably OD on the big macs... Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Sun 1 Jun 14

SheldonK says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
There should be more stories like this, like the one earlier in the week about a brave soldier, which was also the subject of rabid criticism from another waste of space who regularly posts nastiness and vitriol on here. Fortunately the disgusting comment was removed.

Why on earth can''t we talk decent people up and be positive about the achievements of local people? Isn't that what a local newspaper is all about? Stories about local people and their positive contributions to society..

The trouble with a lot of people here is that they would rather spend time posting bile, lies, repeated and regurgitated garbage off the internet and hearsay about people they don't know, than talking up decent people and good local projects.

Always negative. Always nasty.

Well I say good luck to this young man and well done for making a positive contribution. Most of us out here appreciate hearing about decent people and good things they do - and don't thrive on nastiness, bile, vicious personal attacks and hatemongering.
Perhaps you need to calm down your own postings across the Echo community Kim. Stop using the local AF community to try and make yourself look good.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There should be more stories like this, like the one earlier in the week about a brave soldier, which was also the subject of rabid criticism from another waste of space who regularly posts nastiness and vitriol on here. Fortunately the disgusting comment was removed. Why on earth can''t we talk decent people up and be positive about the achievements of local people? Isn't that what a local newspaper is all about? Stories about local people and their positive contributions to society.. The trouble with a lot of people here is that they would rather spend time posting bile, lies, repeated and regurgitated garbage off the internet and hearsay about people they don't know, than talking up decent people and good local projects. Always negative. Always nasty. Well I say good luck to this young man and well done for making a positive contribution. Most of us out here appreciate hearing about decent people and good things they do - and don't thrive on nastiness, bile, vicious personal attacks and hatemongering.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you need to calm down your own postings across the Echo community Kim. Stop using the local AF community to try and make yourself look good. SheldonK
  • Score: 3

8:14am Tue 3 Jun 14

John Right says...

23 years old, Soldier ! when was he last able to see his belt buckle, without stooping ? we had to do an annual fitness test called the BFT, not the Bacon Full Triple, try Battle Fitness Test
23 years old, Soldier ! when was he last able to see his belt buckle, without stooping ? we had to do an annual fitness test called the BFT, not the Bacon Full Triple, try Battle Fitness Test John Right
  • Score: 2

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