A busy calendar ahead for the local BMX club has riders out early in the year collecting bottles to raise funds for upcoming events.
Okotoks BMX Club's fundraising co-ordinator Nicole Johnstone said the organization, which is entirely made up by volunteers and riders, raised more than $1,400 in its first bottle drive of 2022.
"All the kiddos that were there were riders," she said of the volunteers. "It was the first time they have all seen each other since October, so they were pretty excited."
Funds raised through events and the club's new charitable account at Okotoks Bottle Depot will mostly go toward track maintenance, Johnstone said, which is especially important this season.
"This year, we're hosting the Canada cup round and provincial cup round," said Johnstone. "They're pretty expensive to run."