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REPORTING · 7th January 2014
Walter McFarlane
The Kitimat Army Cadets were out in force collecting bottles, fundraising for their organization over the weekend, collecting on Saturday, January 4th and sorting on Saturday, January 6th.

“We definitely [collected] three times what we collected last year. We have a lot more cadets and volunteers this year so we were able to collect a heck of a lot more. We’re hoping to get a good amount because this is a non-profit organization so this is where we get our money from to run programs,” said Captain Deana Buller.

The bottle drive took place after New Year’s in an attempt to collect the empties they can return for deposit. Helping out was Bandstra who gave them use of a truck. Parents and other family members of the Cadets helped drive and sort.

“This money goes right back to the Cadets. A part of it is having to pay for electricity, the building, the property, the usual maintenance. The rest of the money will go towards buying equipment and stuff so we can run a program. We hope to get some more equipment for our shooting program as well as possibly starting up a biathlon program and some equipment to do expeditions and training in the forest,” said Buller.

The cadets completed three quarters of the community on Saturday including the Kitamaat Village. They would like to thank all the people who put out their bottles and volunteered to help out.

There are 19 cadets this year and they are always looking for youth over the age of 12 to join and volunteers, screened and cleared to work with youth by the RCMP to help out.