This past Saturday, members of the South Lake Simcoe Area Scout group were set up in the Bradford Canadian Tire parking lot for their first fundraiser of the year – an e-waste, bottle and textile drive– with all proceeds going towards their upcoming trip to Switzerland this summer.
Scouters Molly Abbott, Terri Abbott, Amy Stepanek and Marg Roblin were up bright and early setting up their tent and separate recycling bins for mixed copper, heavy gauge wires and cables and AC Power Cords.
“If we sort them, they’re worth more,” noted Stepanek about the e-waste sorting process.
The group takes all the e-waste to Ontario Electronic Stewardship in Mississauga for recycling, and then brings all scrap metal parts to a shop in Aurora.
All clothing and textiles donated go to the FUNdrive, an eco-friendly fundraising campaign organized by Value Village. The program is designed for local community groups to bring their items to the store where they are sorted into sellable and recyclable pieces.
There were many wine and beer bottles and cans collected, $230 worth, on Saturday as well.
“We are getting closer to our goals,” Stepanek noted about the group and their fundraising efforts over the past few months, which have included a Boston Pizza serving night, a Breakfast with Santa and another e-waste drive.
The cost of the trip is around $2,500 per person, with most of the cost being allocated to the flight. Some members are doing their own individual fundraising for the trip, in addition to the group fund raisers.
Within the first hour of opening on Saturday, there were at least five donations made from members of the community who had heard about the event through one of the town’s Facebook groups.
Richard Buskermolen was one of the first donors who brought his vehicle filled with old electronics, from stereos to speakers to old Christmas lights, as well as garbage bags filled with clothing.
He was happy to unload items he and his family no longer needed.
“This stuff has been sitting in the house for so long, and there’s not many places to take it,” he explained.
The Scout group plans to arrange a few more fund raisers over the next few months to put toward their 10 day summer trip.
In total, there will be 250 Canadian Scout members going to Switzerland this July, with about 50 of them being from the Bradford, Newmarket, and Holland Landing area.
The next fundraiser will be held at Bradford United Church on Saturday Jan. 18 with a Spaghetti Dinner.