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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 16:24

A Fresh Start Indeed Featured

Fresh Start 2018 August 25, 2018 marked the day for the 10th Annual Fresh Start Ride to Recovery. A favorite ride for many.

The Fresh Start Recovery Centre is there to help men and their families to recover from addiction. Their mission is “Fresh Start is recovering lives by Housing, Treating and Supporting people affected by addiction”

Getting up early on a Saturday is so worth it if you’re going on this ride. Once you are registered your clue takes you to a breakfast buffet in the gymnasium.  There is lots going on and can be an emotional time for some.

There are hockey jerseys hanging from the ceiling that acknowledge the number of years residents have been sober and clean. As look up you will notice there are names on the windows of those who succumbed to the struggles of addiction. Gone with the angels, they will never be forgotten.

With the next clue in hand, everyone makes their way to the parking lot to gear up and ride to the next location and receive the next clue. Ten more to go. The clues took us to an airport hangar where the Ultimate Man Cave was. There was so much to look at I could have stayed there all day checking everything out.  Then we went to the Humane Society to get another clue and visit some furry friends, and to a food truck where we all got to taste some fresh vanilla ice cream and mini donut for a treat before lunch. Next stop was at Shooters Edge, where we all got to try firing a glock pistol, five shots each and not everyone hit the target but we (I) sure tried.

The next clue was served up with lunch at the Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino, it was a nice ride and we were all hungry by the time we got there.  A group picture was taken before leaving, and once again we were on the road. The clue led us to Ghost Lake on Hwy 1A, where we chose a stone we had written a bad habit or feeling on and threw it in the lake.  Then we reached in to a bag to choose a stone of positivity. Mine says Love.

Then it was time to head back to the centre for the final clue, finding the winning poker hand and of course SUPPER!!!! We were all excited for the 50/50 draw, it was a good one. The silent auction tables were stocked and I believe everything was sold.  

The Fresh Start Ride is one of my personal favorites and I will support every year as I had a family member who struggled every day with alcohol addiction, some days he won and other days the demon was just too strong.  I wish there could be more of these centres across Canada, the windows do not need to bear anymore names. Everyone who struggles deserves a chance.

- Marnie T.

Last modified on Saturday, 08 September 2018 10:57

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