Adult and Teen Challenge in Manitoba are praying for more snow for their upcoming Sled for Eternity fundraising snowmobile ride this weekend.
"Our Sled for Eternity in Eastern Manitoba is this Saturday in Woodridge, Man.," says Beverly Ajtay, Events Director with ATC. "It was originally planned for Falcon Lake to Kenora, but the snow is not quite what we want. We're still praying for snow."
Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. on January 27 and anyone interested can register here.
"Fundraisers for Adult and Teen Challenge are a huge part of our funding, about fifty per cent of our funding annually," says Ajtay.
Sled for Eternity funds help support people struggling with addictions in Manitoba through a faith-based approach.
Testimony from Jayden
Jayden Friesen has benefitted from ATC's programs and fully turned his life around.
"It was about a six-year drug and alcohol addiction that ended in an overdose that brought me into Teen Challenge," says Friesen. "Eventually I didn't care anymore and didn't have the will to live. I overdosed and it's by the grace of God that I survived that."
According to the medical community it is a miracle that Friesen survived after being left alone for 13 hours after overdosing before his roommate broke into his room and brought him to the hospital.
"It was a long journey of recovery. I'm transformed and it's Jesus Christ. That's who they point you to in Adult and Teen Challenge."
Friesen is now going through the SURGE leadership program, helping others who are battling addictions and in the first year program as well as training as a leader.
He's also looking forward to participating in this weekend's Sled for Eternity ride.