YYC scooter guy to get new car after viral video
The man is described by friends as a friendly person who’s always first to offer help.
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A man riding a scooter down the QEII highway in the middle of a snow storm Sunday is now receiving a donated a vehicle from AutoMaxx Calgary.
Chris Thin, general manager of AutoMaxx Calgary, said he will be donating the man a 2010 Dodge charger SXT all-wheel drive because the man’s story completely compelled him.
“It clearly did not look safe,” said Thin, who added when he first saw the video he couldn’t believe someone would take the risk of driving in those conditions.
According to a close friend, the man was heading home after church on Sunday.
Heather Wald, who goes to White Fields Calvary Church in Airdrie with the man, said he’s a very kind person who’s always first to offer help and last to leave when help is needed.
“Seriously, this whole crazy video thing couldn’t have happened to a better person. They just don’t have the funds to make ends meet,” said Wald.
The man, whom Metro has agreed not to identify, was caught on camera last Sunday by Calgary Realtor Kim Star.
“He was probably going home to northeast Calgary from Airdrie after church on Sunday when Kim made that video,” said Wald.
The man works as a labourer for Stuart Olsen, where Wald describes him as the main breadwinner for his mother – who is unable to work – and his two nieces.
According to Wald, the man is developmentally delayed but has his driver's license.
“If you put yourself in his position, he has a house to pay for, his mom to support, food to pay for and bills to pay,” said Wald. “He’s just tenacious, he’s like, ‘Okay, if I can’t drive my car and I have to get to work and this is how it’s going to happen.” she said.
Wald, who helped set up a Go Fund Me page for him, said she wants to help get him a reliable vehicle with some winter tires and to pay for the insurance so he could drive a little more safely.
The page, which was formally set up by Tyler Hall of 98.5 VIRGIN radio, said it’s been a tough year living in Calgary and in a weird way the video is really hitting people to give. Calgarians have already raised more than $3,200, with a fundraising goal of $15,000.
Rob Banman is a contractor who has hired the man a couple of times when he was laid off and got to know him and his family over dinners.
Banman said when he first told the man how the video of him went viral, and how many people want to help him, the man was confused.
“He knows people are trying to get him some money for a car,” said Banman.
“He mostly said he didn’t want people thinking he was a charity case. However, to be really honest with you, if I didn’t know the guy and I just kind of knew about him - he does need charity. The guy works his a** off for his mother and his two nieces and we try to help him out when we can.”