The Drumheller Sea Cadets hit the road on Oct. 21 to seek out your cans and bottles. The group held a bottle drive to help fund this year's activities.
Sub-Lieutenant Elizabeth Mundell said the event will provide some much-needed money to the Sea Cadets coffers.
"We have a number of activities throughout the year, plus the upkeep of the building needs to be maintained," explained Mundell. "We need funds for all that to keep the cadet program functioning, because it is a free program for youth."
This year, the Sea Cadets pressed Mundell to help them organize a band to play at ceremonies and at their weekly parades. Money raised from a barbeque on Oct. 20 and from the bottle drive will go towards supporting the newly formed band.
"We have a number of activities we have planned for it. We are starting up a band this year, so hopefully that goes really well and my cadets are very eager. We also have a few camp-outs that we like to do and other activities, and keep the kids busy."
Like other sea cadet corps, the Drumheller organization receives most of its funding from Ottawa. However, that money is limited to certain activities and expenses, and anything extra needs to be paid for by fundraising.
"We're only funded for certain activities within the Federal government," said Mundell. "We get a sail weekend and a seamanship weekend [and] the uniforms and the registration is all taken care of. But, anything other than that has to be supported by our parent committee, the Navy League Board."
Based on the number of cans and bottles collected, the group estimates they collected more than $2,000 worth of cans and bottles on Saturday.