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Cycling Without Age Wraps up Another Heartwarming and Successful Season

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by Town of High River

18/11/2022

HIGH RIVER - The Cycling Without Age program wrapped up its 7th season after completing 90 rides to over 125 passengers! Organized by the Town of High River’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), the purpose of the Cycling Without Age program is to reconnect less able seniors and individuals to their community through open-air rides on a specially designed tri-shaw bicycle.

The Town thanks volunteers, contributors, partners, and the community at large for continuing to make this special program a success. Your generous giving shows that this Town truly puts people first.

Here are examples of what makes this program important, and special to our community:

  • With The Cycling Without Age tri-shaw bikes, the passengers sit up front so that they can see everything ahead of them. This helps build a relationship with the volunteer pilots.
  • The program allows participants to enjoy getting out, make new friendships, and feel more a part of the community.
  • Many passengers have even run into friends while on their ride, which has resulted in many heartwarming moments!
  • Some passengers chose this program to celebrate special moments. For example, Norm and Norma (pictured) celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a ride on the tri-shaw with volunteer Pilot Gene.

FCSS organizers thank the 2022 support crew of generous local volunteers and contributors:

  • Volunteer Pilots - Ann Cadrin, Daryn Magdall, Dave Holowaychuk, Gene Hughes, Luella Wojcik, Jon Henry, Ron Kendall, Cheryl Kendall, and Rick Green. Thanks also to our Pilot Captain and Bike Mechanic, Bruce Beauchamp who ensures the bikes stay on the road!
  • Monica from ABC to Sew graciously helped sew the hood that goes on top of the trishaw as a donation to support the program!

Thanks also go to our site partners:

  • High River Hospital Recreation Therapy team and 2nd-floor staff and volunteers
  • Medicine Tree Manor
  • Seasons Retirement Community
  • Abbeyfield House Society

The time and dedication invested by so many in this program are immeasurable. It means the most to residents who looked forward to these rides this season and who were able to experience “the right to wind in their hair!”

When you hear the call for volunteers next spring, just imagine what joy volunteering for this program can bring. We look forward to the 2023 season and providing more rides to participants.

“A program like Cycling Without Age shows the true heart of our community,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “Thank you to the volunteers, contributors, partners, and the community at large for continuing to make this special program a success. Your generous giving shows that this Town truly puts people first.”

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For more information please contact:

Town of High River

403-652-2110

Media Contact:

Shelley Koot, Manager of FCSS

Town of High River

403-652-2110

skoot@highriver.ca

or contact communications@highriver.ca

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