Apr 06, 2012 - GO FOR A MADD SPIN ON APR 13

Friday, Apr. 13, will mark the launch of the second annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Spin event in Beaumont.

The event will take place at Ecole Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School (ESBCHS) and will feature 10 teams racing toward one common goal: making sure that their stationary bikes are spinning their wheels for 24-straight hours, non-stop.

“It is a fundraiser, but it is also an opportunity to communicate with the community,” said Jenny Kash, community liaison and assets builder for Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in Beaumont.

“That is why FCSS and Asset Building is involved, we have a perfect 24-hour opportunity to speak to people about why they should never drink and drive. It is about encouraging students to make good decisions,” explained Kash.

The event kicks-off in the ESBCHS atrium at 4 p.m., when the first members from each team will commence spinning on assigned stationary bikes. At 4:30 p.m. Legacy One dance troupe will stop by to perform an inspiring set, meant to help students see past their current struggles and embrace the potential of a new day.

At 5 p.m. on Friday the community is invited for a free barbeque, followed by an evening of karaoke with family and friends.

The flagship event for the opening night is very likely to be the candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. The vigil will honour families and friends in the community who have lost loved ones to drinking and driving or who have been affected by it in some way.

Kash said that for her the true essence of the event is about raising awareness, and educating people about the dangers of drinking and driving while trying to prevent it from ever happening.

“Everyone in our community has felt the effects of drinking and driving,” said Kash. “It is senseless and it just needs to stop.”

Last year the event raised more than $7,000 for MADD Edmonton. This year ESBCHS’s Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) association partnered with MADD to host the event. As a result 25 per cent of all the money raised will go to SADD in order to support SADD initiatives for the upcoming school year. Kash said that because of the overwhelming success of last year’s event, FCSS, MADD and SADD have decided not to set any expectations in terms of fundraising goals.

“We expected to only raise a couple thousand last year, and when the final last minute donations came in last year putting us over $7,000 we were amazed,” said Kash. “This year we will just be happy to see what happens.”

Currently there are 10 teams registered to participate in the spin portion of the event. Kash said that half the teams are made up of students from ESBCHS, and the other teams consist of teachers from ESBCHS and Ecole Coloniale Estates School, the Beaumont Credit Union and the Town of Beaumont.

Kash said that the event is for the whole community of Beaumont, and that families and friends are encouraged to stop by for the wide range of activities that are scheduled throughout the two days.

“We are also doing a “Contract for Life,” which encourages junior high and high school students to come out with a family member and sign a contract committing to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they have been drinking,” said Kash.

Other event highlights include a Mario Kart competition where participants will wear “fatal vision” goggles to give them a sense of how impaired a drunk driver’s senses truly are, as well as live games of Minute-to-Win-It and Jeopardy, and a yoga class.

Kash said the event has something for everyone and that it is a perfect opportunity for families to spend a fun and safe time together.

For more information about the MADD/SADD Spin event and for a detailed schedule of activities visit the town of Beaumont’s website at beaumont.ab.ca

Source: The Beaumont News


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