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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

12 Stop Ride For Recovery Bike Run

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Like Recovery.  It’s not about the fall but about the getting back up that counts.  (After disaster, community rallies to recover scooter and restore a lively lady’s dream of riding again) 

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WHO:                         Fresh Start Recovery Centre

WHAT:                        Scooter Girl Reveal in preparation for 6th Annual 12-Stop Ride for Recovery Bike Run

(NOW including Hot Rods and Classic, Vintage & Exotic Cars)

WHEN:                       Saturday, June 28th, 9:30 am

WHERE:                      Fresh Start Recovery Centre, 411 – 41st Avenue NE, Calgary

WHY:                          To witness the power of a community rallying together to help recover from tragedy                                 and rebuild dreams

After postponing the 2013 12 Stop Ride for Recovery Bike Run due to massive flooding in Calgary and turning to community with a “Gone to Help” attitude Fresh Start Recovery Centre finally held the event on August 31, 2013.

This ride produced many surprises including the participation of a lovely, feisty little lady with a zest for life by the name of Tina who walked in on the morning of registration. When asked what attracted her to the event Tina replied “I live in the neighbourhood. You look like a nice bunch of people. Your event looks like fun and I thought I would ride along.”

Now on the surface that may not seem so unusual, but Tina is in her 70’s and her “Ride” was a 1983 light gold, Honda Elite - a scooter! From that point forward Tina was dubbed “Scooter Girl”.

Tina took part in the scavenger hunt style rally, gleefully participating in the various activities stop after stop until disaster struck on the homestretch! On the way back from Banff Tina’s front tire blew out and the momentum hurtled her into the ditch resulting in a broken arm for Tina and complete immobility and shared scrapes, dents and dings with her scooter.

Some of the concerned folks from Fresh Start and the Ride met Scooter Girl at the hospital to make sure that she was relatively OK and continued to visit in the weeks that followed.  Tina was shaken and saddened, her arm healed nicely but her heart was still broken because she lost her beloved scooter.  

In a bid to reunite Tina with her scooter, Fresh Start started calling friends to see what could be done.  Before long Lucid Kustoms, Action Upholstery and Stampede Boot had partnered with Fresh Start to repair Tina’s scooter, give her appropriate ride gear and be able to legitimately restore her place in the rally as “Scooter Girl” … however the overhaul may have gone a bit over the top.

Come join Tina on the morning of Saturday, June 28th at 9:30 when the restored Honda Elite is revealed and Tina becomes “Scooter Girl - 2014.”

Fresh Start Recovery Centre is a nationally renowned, men’s alcohol and drug addiction treatment centre in Calgary   dedicated to recovering lives devastated by the disease of addiction. The 12-Stop Ride for Recovery raises awareness and funds that help Fresh Start recover more individuals, their families and community. 

For more information please contact Lisa Simone, Director of Communications at Fresh Start Recovery Centre at        (403) 387-6266 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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