The goat is out of its cage.
The Drumheller Sea Cadets just finished up one of the most unique fundraisers in Drumheller's history.
"We were able to fundraise a goat, so what we did was put out nomination forms around town (to win the goat). People came in and nominated someone and when we called them to tell them they were nominated, we then gave them the option of what they wanted to do next," explained Sea Cadet fundraising board member Johnathon Bidulka. "They could buy insurance so their name was taken off the list to win the goat, or they could nominate someone else if they wanted to. It just kind of snowballed. It took off really quick."
The Cadets started this fundraiser back in October and already had $1,000 raised in their first week. But, one has to wonder how this crazy idea even came to be.
"Diana Hanik, who is a big part of the Sea Cadets, her and her husband had heard about it. She thought it would be a fantastic idea within the corps to raise the money. Not a whole lot of work needed to go into it in the aspect of setting it up. We didn't expect the amazing outpour of support we got from the community. It was fantastic and a lot of fun," continued Bidulka.
In just over a month, the cadets raised $7,295 for their trip to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The cadets will leave the valley on May 28, 2019, headed for London, England, take a boat to Normandy and then end their trip in Paris to fly home on June 9.
"We have actually surpassed our first goal: our first goal was to cover all the extras (expenses). We thought of an initial goal of ten thousand dollars, we realized that wasn't enough and we raised it to fifteen (thousand). This goat has brought us way over and above that," concluded Bidulka
He went on to say that this is the biggest amount they have received through fundraising efforts for this specific trip. They will continue to fundraise to help the cadets out even further on this trip of a lifetime.