|Over the years the Draggins have supported many charities,with their main charity being, Camp Easter Seal. We have always had a hands on approach to everything that we do, and this is no exception. The members have gone out to the camp to see first hand what was needed. On one of these trips, it was realized that if it rained, the campers would have very little to do. Along came our very first major project, an indoor Recreation Facility in 1984 where the campers could come together for games and crafts.|
The Draggin members then committed to building a badly needed swimming pool at the camp. They undertook the biggest project they had done to date. It would take two project cars and revenue from four car shows to complete the $350,000.00 Aquatic Centre at Camp Easter Seal. It is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility with state of the art mechanical equipment that will meet the needs of the campers for many years. It has been the model for special needs camps in the U.S.A. for similar facilities.
A new challenge arose at the camp. Each year the Abilities Council was seeing more children with high medical needs. The staff were qualified to meet the needs of the children, but the facilities were lacking to provide proper medical attention. It needed to be a fully wheelchair accessible facility, with bathrooms, treatment room, central heat and air conditioning and the cost would be around $110,000. The Draggins got busy doing what we do pretty well, raising money. The Medical facility is situated in the midst of the camp to allow programming to the campers who sometimes cannot get to the program areas and is done in a style that reflects the character of the Camp. It was officially opened July 16, 2000.
From the time of the Draggins 40th Anniversary celebration in 1997 the money raised has been building replacement cabins. These are modern facilities that allow the campers to have their needs met and experience all the joys of summer camping.
Our goal has been to assist the Sask. Abilities Council in providing 800 children and adults with disabilities with all that a Saskatchewan summer camp has to offer. This allows them to be independent, explore new skills, build friendships and to live and enjoy life to the fullest.
We know it is appreciated. A sign made by the campers out of white painted rocks on the opposite shore stating "Welcome Draggins" and the smiles on the camper's faces tell the story.
The Draggins have been fortunate enough to donate more than $1.5 million to Camp Easter Seal. This has been accomplished with the generous support of our car shows by participants, sponsors, the thousands of car enthusiasts that attend our show every year and the proceeds raised through our project car raffles.