Drag the Red Wraps Up Another Season

On Saturday, Oct. 14, we literally rocked the docks. We went to the Redboine Boating Club to help Drag the Red volunteers and other members of the boating club remove the docks from the water.

 

Drag the Red does this in exchange for the Redboine Boating Club allowing them to dock the boats free of charge.

 

While helping remove the docks for the winter, we spent some time talking to volunteers. Marcel Rebelo held on to the ropes that kept the docks from floating away, while we chatted about his involvement volunteering. 

 

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While helping remove the docks for the winter, we spent some time talking to volunteers. Marcel Rebelo held on to the ropes that kept the docks from floating away, while we chatted about his involvement volunteering. 

 

We also spoke to another volunteer who asked that he not be named because he works with at-risk youth in Winnipeg. He told us about some of his experiences on the boat while volunteering.

 

He talked about the stuff that they are constantly pulling up from the river. On more than one occasions the boat volunteers have come across buckets filled with cement and tied to each other.

 

“It makes you wonder,” he said. “Was it used to weigh down a body?”

 

He had several youths out helping with the docks. He said they want the kids to know what it feels like to help and be a part of something important. Through the summer months, he brings the kids out for boat searches.

 

“They even get to try and drive the boats,” he said. “You’d never believe the smiles that go across their faces when they get behind the wheel.”

 

As I chatted with the kids and volunteers, Amanda got her hands dirty, helping unload the docks off the truck. I was on social media duty, although I did help push a few docks, and almost successfully slipped into the water.

 

 A dock getting ready to be loaded onto a truck and put away for the season.

A dock getting ready to be loaded onto a truck and put away for the season.