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August 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Fundraiser aims to shine light on addictions, and to raise a few bucks for repairs

The Thorpe Recovery Centre is challenging Lloydminster to put down one vice for September and Go Sober.
The goal of the Go Sober fundraising campaign is to encourage healthy living, draw awareness to the struggles of addiction and bring in some much needed money for the facility’s capital fund.
“It is a peer-to-peer fundraiser, so through giving up one thing for the month of September, you’re drawing attention to addiction and perhaps realizing that it’s fairly difficult to give up one thing, even for just a short amount of time,” said Sara Cawsey, business development assistant for Thorpe Recovery Centre and mastermind behind Go Sober.
“We tried to make it so it was as family friendly as possible,” she said.
“Obviously I’m hoping kids who are 10 aren’t drinking, but they could give up TV or give up sugar—there are a lot of other addictive substances and even activities that can cause some health issues and we want to bring light to that and just have families make healthy choices together, so yeah, it’s for the whole family.”
Cawsey compared the way it works to the Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s Run for a Cure, where you sign up for the activity then ask friends and family to donate to the cause.
The hope is that some of the friends and family asked to donate will also join the campaign, and in turn ask more people to donate and climb on board.
“Hopefully the word will spread, and even if each person raises just $20, it’ll all add up significantly,” Cawsey said.
The need for a fundraiser came after some mechanical failures at the recovery centre caused a financial setback, which is now taking away much needed resources from patients.
The building, which Cawsey said is relatively new, has been having troubles with its boilers and also suffered major damage to the security system on its doors, putting the safety of clients at risk.
The Thorpe Recovery Centre is a non-profit organization, so funds aren’t readily available for this level of maintenance and repair, forcing the centre to consider raising programming fees if funds can’t be brought in by other methods.
“We also have a substantial mortgage and we’ve had some mechanical failures that are taking a lot of attention away from our addiction treatment,” said Cawsey.
“So if we can minimize the impact of our the boilers and our locks, then we can direct our focus back onto the addiction treatment.”
The centre has been in operation in the Lloydminster area since 1975 and has helped more than 12,000 people overcome addiction.
For more information on the Thorpe Recovery Centre or SoberSeptember, visit the centre’s website at, their Facebook page or call Cawsey at 780-875-8890.

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